Technology, trials and research better yields
HIS first job in the industry was cotton-picking whilst a university student, a humble starting point for one of this year’s finalists in the Cotton Australia Young Cotton Achiever of the Year award, Jake Cutcliffe.
Jake said he developed an interest in agriculture whilst a day student at an Orange boarding school, gaining exposure to farming visiting friends’ properties, which as time passed, developed into a passion.
“It was the best farming opportunity for me to get involved in broadscale agriculture as someone not from a farming family background
“Big corporations offer many opportunities.”
Jake graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Marketing) and a Post-Graduate Degree in Agriculture (Cotton Production).
Following study, he took a farmhand position with Auscott Moree, which developed into an agronomy traineeship, and he is now the lead agronomist for the company’s Moree operations.
Auscott Moree has 4000Ha of irrigated cotton, with dryland country producing winter crop rotations of up to 5000Ha of wheat and 3000Ha of chickpea.
Jake plays an integral role in steering the company’s agronomic decisions and implementation in the Gwydir Valley. He strives towards delivering a profitable annual cropping program.
The 29-year-old sees great potential for ongoing growth for the cotton industry.
“I think the industry is going to keep growing, and
❝Every year yields, results, averages, and technology keep bettering in the industry
technology is a big part of the industry at the moment, and that’s only going to get greater,” he said.
“Every year yields, results, averages, and technology keep bettering in the industry and I can’t see it pulling up any time soon.
“That growth could be on the back of genetically modified plants, tractor technology, there is just so much happening.
“As an agronomist, I plan to keep rolling with that growth; It is my hope that I can keep improving at the same pace.
“I plan to do that through keeping participating in research and development and sharing information through growers groups and industry bodies.
“If we better ourselves as one, that will be the best way to keep improving the industry.”
YOUNG ACHIEVER: Jake Cutcliffe, of Auscott Moree, is a finalist in the 2018 Cotton Australia Young Achiever of the Year award.