As part of this week's International Cotton Advisory Committee plenary meeting in Brisbane, CRDC, CottonInfo and CSD hosted 50 delegates from 14 countries on a tour of the Darling Downs.
Despite the continued dry conditions, the tour provided a great opportunity for the international delegates to see Australian cotton growing in action, and to see Australian cotton RD&E, innovations and technologies firsthand.
The tour visited Mort and Co feedlot and dryland cotton farm at Grassdale, Stuart Armitage's irrigated cotton farm at Cecil Plains, the Bayer labratory in Toowoomba and the Jondaryan Woolshed. Delegates heard from researchers Kristen Knight of Bayer, Sharna Holman and Derek Long of QDAF, Alison McCarthy of USQ's National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, Rick Kowitz of myBMP, cotton grower Jamie Grant and cotton clothing seller (and furniture maker) Nathan Porter of Porter and Wood. They saw the SwarmFarm robotic weed sprayer in action, met with Nathan Roy from Drone Agriculture and Paul Jones from Bugs for Bugs, experienced a sheep shearing demonstration, and got hands on under the microscope determining the gender of Helicoverpa.