More than 150 cotton growers and industry representatives from NSW and Queensland last week gathered to attend the Monsanto National Cotton Grower of the Year Field Day near Quirindi, NSW.
The event was hosted by Grower of the Year recipients Ian, Marilyn and Harry Carter on their property 'Connamara' at Pine Ridge on Thursday, 16 March 2017.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, was the keynote speaker. He spoke about the importance of agriculture to the economy and the cotton industry’s vital contribution, and also took questions about trade negotiations and coal seam gas.
Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay says the strong turn-out from farmers and others in the industry was testament to the Carters' sophisticated farm operation and hard work.
"The Carters had plenty to offer visitors to their farm, demonstrating several of their innovative on-farm techniques," Mr Kay says. "This included no-till farming to conserve soil moisture and water injection at planting to get better establishment, despite erratic seasonal conditions."
"The Carters also innovate with machinery, and fellow growers were impressed to see their sophisticated conversion of a cotton picker into a forklift, amongst other machinery on farm."
"Growers left the event with new ideas they can apply to their own operations, and many commented on the great care and attention to detail the Carters apply to their operation, and the outstanding results it produces."
Program highlights from the field day included:
- Farm tours to see the Carters’ techniques in action in fields
- Presentations by experts on climate, moisture attractants, seed soaking and microwave weed control
- Precision machinery displays
- Headline presentations by Tony Mahar (CEO, National Farmers' Federation), Tony May (Managing Director, Monsanto Australia), Adam Kay (CEO Cotton Australia) and Ag Skilled representative Rebecca Fing (also a Cotton Australia Regional Manager)
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Source: Photo - by Virginia Tapscott