Field day a must for growers

RESEARCH MEETINGL: Cotton Info technical lead John Smith.
RESEARCH MEETINGL: Cotton Info technical lead John Smith. Joshua J Smith

THE cotton industry's leading irrigation and nitrogen researchers will go on-farm at Brookstead on Wednesday to discuss the latest research findings with Darling Downs cotton growers.

The 2018 CottonInfo Optimising Irrigation and Nitrogen Researchers Tour will visit 'Melrose' Brookstead from 8-11.30am to provide valuable insight to cotton farmers.

"Irrigation management and nitrogen use efficiency are intrinsically linked within the cotton system, so getting them spot on is essential to maximise yield and profit,” says CottonInfo technical lead and tour co-organiser John Smith.

"Cotton gets the majority of the nitrogen it needs from the soil, but the application of nitrogen as fertiliser - most often through irrigation - is critical to maximising lint yield. And, depending on how your irrigations are managed, you could be losing both soil and fertiliser nitrogen through waterlogging, surface run-off and deep drainage.

"Matching irrigation, fertiliser and the soil is important, as these three factors influence how much nitrogen is taken up by the cotton plant.

"That's why our CottonInfo team is bringing this tour to the local area - to help connect growers with the latest research in the areas of irrigation and nitrogen, to help them make the best decisions for their farming systems.”

The tour will feature 10 leading industry researchers discussing four key irrigation and nitrogen considerations for growers.

The research presented has been done in partnership with NSW DPI, CSIRO, QUT, ANU Deakin University, NCEA-USQ and GVIA.

Contact Annabel Twine on 0447176007 to register your attendance.

Topics:  cotton dalby irrigation research

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