Cot­ton heavy­weights meet lo­cal grow­ers

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

IN­DUS­TRY heavy­weights vis­ited St Ge­orge last month to dis­cuss cot­ton re­search and devel­op­ment, as part of lo­cal grow­ers to gain a bet­ter grasp of in­no­va­tion.

The board of the Cot­ton Re­search and Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion held a board meet­ing over their stint in St Ge­orge, as well as tak­ing the time to meet with lo­cal cot­ton grow­ers.

With a strong fo­cus in cot­ton re­search, devel­op­ment and ex­ten­sion for the in­dus­try, CRDC works with lo­cal grow­ers to en­sure sta­bil­ity.

While in St Ge­orge, di­rec­tors vis­ited lo­cal prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing that of Rob Jakins and Glenn Ro­gan, as well as speak­ing with con­sul­tants and re­searchers.

An­drew McKay from CRDC said the visit en­abled an op­por­tu­nity for the board to con­verse with lo­cal grow­ers.

“... Dis­cuss re­search pri­or­i­ties di­rectly, and see some of CRDC’s in­vest­ments in in­no­va­tion and trans­for­ma­tive tech­nolo­gies first hand.

“Rob Jakins pre­sented an on-site over­view of his tail wa­ter re-use ir­ri­gation sys­tem, de­signed to im­prove wa­ter use ef­fi­ciency, and ease both ir­ri­gation and field op­er­a­tions.”

Mr McKay said the group also heard from re­searchers who spoke about in­no­va­tions in ir­ri­gation and sen­sor tech­nol­ogy.

The group also had a chance to in­spect a crop of ‘win­ter’ cot­ton, an ex­per­i­men­tal plant­ing be­fore the cold months, which is then re-ac­ti­vated in spring.

“Wa­ter ef­fi­ciency is the aim, with the plan re-start­ing growth with a de­vel­oped root sys­tem.”

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