Cotton growers from across the state, nation and the world, gathered in Talwood earlier this week for the Cotton Field Day and to take a tour of 2015’s Grower of the Year operation, Reardon Farms.
More than 200 turned out, some from as far as China, for a day of presentations, demonstrations and training.
From growers to agronomists to product suppliers to researchers, everyone flocked out to the local industry event organised by Macintyre Valley Cotton Growers’ Association.
Rebecca Fing, local representative for Cotton Australia was especially impressed with guest speaker and former Wallaby Nathan Sharpe who proved a hit with locals.
“We had people from across Goondiwindi travel to us, it was incredible, there were over 200 people there gaining so much information on cotton technology,” Ms Fing says.
“Nathan Sharpe was a hit with everyone and gave a great speech and the presentations from the Grower of the Year recipients were also very interesting.”
Along with the speakers, highlights included training and accreditation of the latest Bollgard III cotton biotechnology, application of drones and plant breeding and satellite technology.
For Macintyre Valley Cotton Growers’ Association President, Cameron Derbidge, it was all about a glimpse into the award winning operation.
” The real draw card was Reardon Farms. A lot of people just wanted to get out and see just what it goes into achieving the Grower of the Year award,” he says.
“It’s an impressive operation, one of the most impressive in the country.”
The team at Reardon Farms attribute their success to teamwork, and it was a key theme throughout the day.
But it wasn’t all just work… those in attendance were sure to remember those closeby who are doing it tough.
Money was raised for both Talwood and Mungindi communities and while donations help, it’s the weather that needs to change if we’re to see another flourishing cotton season.
“Learning about the efficiency and productivity of cotton technology out there is an added bonus, but what we really need now is a flood! Some act of nature to bring the rain back,” Ms Fing explains.
“With cotton season starting to wrap up, I think farmers across the region want to see weather conditions change, we may be addressing the production issues but we can’t control the weather so hopefully the season is good again next time round.”
“But overall, the feedback we got from yesterday was so positive and everyone found the event educational and useful. I thoroughly enjoyed the day.”
All involved wish to thank the sponsors involved in the day for their support and what was yet another very successful field day.