The finalists are...
Wyadrigah Pastoral Company
Anthony’s properties grow on average approximately 1545 hectares of cotton using a fully-irrigated rotational system. The pillar crop, cotton, is rotated with chickpeas, faba beans, wheat and barley. Anthony focusses on precision farming techniques, sustainable soil health, and improving water efficiencies.
MCA Ag Management and Global Ag Properties Australia
Michael’s property grows on average 1234 hectares of cotton using a fully-cultivated flood irrigation system with a focus on producing high yielding cotton production. Michael is ultimately aiming for a 3 year rotation in cotton.
Peter and Diana French
The Nandina property grows approximately 325 hectares of cotton using a furrow irrigation system with a focus on retaining all stubble and introducing crop rotation.
Auscott Namoi Valley
Martin’s property grows approximately 4897 hectares of cotton using flood and lateral irrigation with a focus on minimum till strategies, stubble retention and improving soil health with gin trash compost returned to the fields.
Brendan and Jack Warnock
The property grows approximately 730 hectares of cotton using an intensive cropping system. The Warnocks focus on evaluation and continuous improvement, and grow approximately 70% of cotton following cotton and plant 30% rotation area behind the cotton.
Tim and Sally Watson
The property grows approximately 700 hectares of cotton using a range of drip, pivot and flood irrigation systems. The focus is on a conventional cultivation regime.
Cotton Australia CEO, Adam Kay, recognises the contribution made to the industry by each of the outstanding finalists.
“The 2014 finalists are exceptional. They’ve each made solid contributions to our industry in key areas such as on-farm best practice, research and development, innovation, leadership and industry advocacy” Mr Kay says.