HIGH ACHIEVERS: Liza and Brett Crothers were crowned growers of the year at the Darling Downs Cotton Growers Association awards night on Friday night.
HIGH ACHIEVERS: Liza and Brett Crothers were crowned growers of the year at the Darling Downs Cotton Growers Association awards night on Friday night. Will Hunter

Cotton awards honour Dalby growers

EACH cotton season brings its own challenges for Dalby farmers Brett and Liza Crothers.

"Every year is different. You have different luck every year… some years you have none," Mr Crothers said.

"Some years it just works."

It was one of those excellent years for the farmers, who took out grower of the year at the Darling Downs Cotton Association awards dinner on Friday night.

Mr Crothers said he managed to plant the crop despite a terrible start to the season.

"It was horrible and hot. We nearly ran out of water," he said.

"With the rain in January… the season finished very well.

"It was a long, warm season. That's what made it good for everybody."

Darling Downs Cotton Growers Association president Chris Barry said irrigated farmers fared well against the conditions, with some of the highest yields seen on the Darling Downs.

"All the entrants were really good. They all had very good yields," Mr Barry said.

He said with many dams full, farmers were looking forward to another successful season.

Darling Downs Cotton Growers Association award winners

  • Highest irrigated yield: Jason and Briony Sinclair
  • Highest dryland yield: Shawn Fresser
  • Greg McVeigh Memorial Trophy for outstanding yield: Jason and Briony Sinclair
  • Young achiever award: Simon Chorley
  • Unsung Hero award: Mike Jones
  • High achiever of the year: Matt Waye
  • High achiever consultant award: John Ash
  • Grower of the year: Brett and Liza Crothers
  • Grower of the year consultant award: John and Kylie Fuelling
  • Service to industry award: Murray Boshammer

 


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