Ben­der the pick of the cot­ton crop this year

Dalby Herald - - LIFE -

IT'S taken years of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion but af­ter al­most 25 years, Greg and Maryann Ben­der are fi­nally the pick of the Dar­ling Downs cot­ton farm­ing crop af­ter re­cently tak­ing home the Van­der­field Grower of the Year Award.

Mr and Mrs Ben­der pur­chased the dry land prop­erty, Baradoo Plains, at Hopeland soon af­ter they were mar­ried in the early 90s.

"I was al­ways keen on it, I saw the value in it, at the time that was the rea­son. We bought this place as­sum­ing we were go­ing to grow wheat worth $200 a ton and I think the first year we har­vested it was worth $90 a ton and we thought 'we can't see this pay­ing the bud­get'.

"That's what re­ally in­ter­ested me about cot­ton it was a young dy­namic in­dus­try whereas the grain in­dus­try was an older in­dus­try...the cot­ton in­dus­try is a more pro­gres­sive in­dus­try.”

As well as their tried and true cot­ton crop, they now grow corn, chick­peas, mung beans and bar­ley.

QUAL­ITY: Greg Ben­der on his prop­erty at Hopeland.

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