Eastern Dryland Cotton, proud finalist at the Northern Inland Innovation Awards
Dryland Cotton at “Wallangra Station” Wallangra, harvest 2016
As the pioneer of the expansion of dryland cotton into the eastern reaches of the North West, McGregor Gourlay was proud to be recognised as a finalist at the recent Northern Inland Innovation Awards, in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Agriculture / Horticulture and Associated Services category.
Dryland cotton has long been grown in the North West, but has only ever been considered as a crop that is suited for the western parts of the region. Since 2014 McGregor Gourlay together with Monsanto and Cotton Seed Distributors have been working to expand dryland cotton into the eastern reaches of the area, which has traditionally been dominated by sorghum, corn, sunflowers and soybeans as summer crop options.
Senior Agronomist Scott Rogers said not only is dryland cotton a highly profitable summer crop, it also provides many agronomic benefits for farmers including disease, pest and weed control and as a result he expects more people in the east to give it a go. “We’re not expecting people to replace sorghum or other summer crops completely, but it’s definitely got a fit in the rotations.” – Inverell Times
For the full story on expanding Dryland Cotton east, click on the Inverell Times article below.
Congratulations to our Agronomy team, proud finalists at the recent Northern Inland Innovation Awards for expanding Dryland Cotton east. #mcgregorgourlay Monsanto Australia Cotton Seed Distributors