THE COTTON INDUSTRY
 
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Cotton is planted in September and picked in April-May.  In recent years the picking season has been very short due to the fact that drought has seriously lessened the amount of cotton that has been grown in eastern Australia.
Narrabri Shire is the heart of the Namoi Valley.  Although most of the cotton grown in the area is irrigated, an increasing amount of being “rain grown”.  The irrigation water comes from two sources – underground and from the Namoi River which is fed by Keepit Dam (situated between Tamworth and Gunnedah.)

Because Narrabri Shire is the geographic centre of the cotton industry in Australia, much of its support infrastructure including research facilities, seed  production and ginning  is found in this Shire.


DID YOU KNOW:

• Cotton is a natural fibre and makes up just under half of all the fibre sold in the world.
• Cotton grows on a plant that is a member of the Hibiscus family.
• Cotton is a leafy, green shrub that briefly has cream and pink flowers that become the ‘fruit’ or cotton bolls.
• Cotton is a perennial shrub that reaches a height of 3.5 metres.
• Commercially grown cotton only reaches a height of 1.2 metres.
• The growing season from emergence to picking is approximately 180 days.
• The cotton plant has a deep tap root (1.5 metres)
• Cotton plants prefer hot summers with low humidity and long hours of sunlight.
• Cotton is fairly drought-tolerant but requires regular and adequate moisture to produce profitable yields.
• Fibre from the cotton plant is made into yarn and fabric, the seeds are crushed for oil or animal feed, and the leaves are turned into mulch.
• Cotton is grown in over 90 countries, 75 of which are developing nations.
• The Main Cotton countries are China, USA, India, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan.

More information on the Cotton Industry can be found at the following links

Crop Consultants
Wincott - Women in Cotton

 


Australian Classing Services

Australian Classing Services

Ag Services Cotton

Australian Classing Services
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Cotton Matters

Cotton Australia

News from Cotton Australia

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Water Act changes welcome, but focus needs to shift to Northern Basin: cotton

Water Act changes welcome, but focus needs to shift to Northern Basin: cotton

Media Release from Cotton Australia

Australia's cotton industry has welcomed the passage of changes to the Water Act through Federal Parliament, which will grant an additional year to find water-saving projects to implement the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP).
 
The legislation changes the operation of the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) Adjustment Mechanism with the intention of eliminating water purchases in the Southern Basin.
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Cotton Australia Newsletter

Cotton Australia Newsletter

November news

Growers and Cotton Australia Showcase industry story on international stage

The Australian cotton story was recently showcased to a global audience of brands, retailers and manufacturers, through Cotton Australia’s participation at Intertextile, the world’s largest fabric fair held in Shanghai, China.

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Cotton Conference Major Sponsor ANZ

Cotton Conference Major Sponsor ANZ

Announced

Things are buzzing at the Cotton Conference office with news just in that ANZ has signed on as our major Gold Sponsor for 2016. ANZ are long term supporters of the cotton industry and the Conference, and this year will be supporting us through major sponsorship of Conference and the 2016 Australian Cotton Industry Awards Dinner. A heartfelt thanks ANZ, we couldn’t do it without you. ‪#‎cotton2016‬ ‪#‎happyconferenceorganisers‬ ‪#‎ANZrocks‬
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