Bender the pick of the cotton crop this year
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.