Australia’s is unevenly divided this year on its cotton growth through the lands. The verdict on these lands has come as rain hits some regions, reservoirs in dams from last year in some and the sadly upturned situation of areas faced with the ongoing predicament of drought. Good news for some and a helpless one for others.
The Burdekin, Atherton Tablelands and Gilbert River regions are thriving and may soon take over other, have been flourishing regions, someday, as per a recent study of the fragmented yield of cotton this year across Australia. Burdekin district agronomist Simon Dunlop said 800 millimeters of rainfall on juvenile plants in February reduced yields. “It’s quite pleasing to get to this stage. We had a whole lot of rain in the first two weeks and we really didn’t think we’d get to this stage. Cotton generally doesn’t like waterlogging and a lot of this country sat under water for a week after planting,” he said. The region is experiencing its first local cotton since 2012 with another first, the genetically-modified Bollgard 3 breed.
The local farming community is excited about the future prospects of this suddenly revived industry, expecting better and bigger yield in the coming days. This may offset and rage ahead of the dwindling cotton production, in comparison, in other, so far important regions of Australia.
Central Queensland farmers, on the other hand also seem to be doing ok, with water reserves from last year, expecting some rainfall to give them equal respite for the next year. Farmer Ross Burnett is planting a small amount of cotton now, hoping rain will arrive before December to up allocations so he can plant the rest. “Production levels are back to around 30 per cent and we are using water we saved from last season,” he said.
South Queensland inversely, faces it worst season. St George farmer and chairman of Cotton Australia, Hamish McIntyre, said his place was indicative of much of the area. “It was the first time in 28 years our family didn’t actually pick a bale of cotton. This drought is now getting into record-breaking territory with regards to rainfall deficiencies over the whole Mary Darling Basin, ” he said.
The situation may continue in the same manner for some time for this region, according to reports.