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CRDC and CottonInfo: taking nutrition research to growers (27 January 2016)

The cotton industry’s leading nutrition researchers will go on-farm across five cotton growing valleys in February to discuss the latest research findings with cotton growers.

The 2016 CottonInfo Nutrition Tour will visit the Upper Namoi (Gunnedah), the Macquarie Valley (Warren), Southern NSW (Griffith), Central QLD (Emerald) and the Gwydir (Moree) from Monday 8 to Friday 12 February.

The tour will feature ten leading CRDC-funded industry researchers talking about a range of important cotton nutrition topics – including nutrient budgeting; improving nitrogen use efficiency; mineralised nitrogen in-crop; nitrogen losses from irrigated cotton; phosphorus considerations in irrigated and raingrown cotton; soil health and crop rotations; and optimizing nitrogen and irrigation application and nitrous oxide emissions – all designed to help growers make economically beneficial and sustainable decisions for their farms.

The tour will also host cotton grower and CRDC and Cotton Australia supported Nuffield scholar Nigel Corish, who will talk about putting nutrition research into practice on his farm at Goondiwindi.

“Getting your crop nutrition spot on is essential for maximising yield and profit,” says CottonInfo technical specialist, and tour organiser, Jon Welsh.

“Too little nutrition will reduce the crops' yield potential, while too much fertiliser can impact profitability through increased costs, contamination of groundwater, excessive vegetative growth in the crop, and related insect, disease and harvest problems.

“And, too much fertiliser – particularly nitrogen – also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and adds to the carbon footprint of the fibre voltaren france.

“That’s why CottonInfo is bringing this tour to cotton growers across NSW and QLD – to help connect growers with the latest research, to help them make the best decisions for their farming systems,” Jon said.  

Full details on the tour can be found here.

The tour is being run by CottonInfo, with support from the researchers and their organisations UNE, USQ, UQ, CSIRO, NSW DPI, and sponsors Yara, Fertcare®, Koch Fertilizer, SST Software and Incitec Pivot. The research showcased in the tour is funded by CRDC and the respective research organisations. The Moree event is being held in conjunction with the Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association, with nutrition to form part of the wider irrigation systems research agenda. The tour is also supported by funding from the Australian Government.