Young Achiever

Tech­nol­ogy, tri­als and re­search bet­ter yields

Central and North Rural Weekly - - INSIDE - KIRILI LAMB kirili.lamb@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: ME­LANIE JENSEN

YOUNG ACHIEVER: Jake Cut­cliffe, of Aus­cott Moree, is a fi­nal­ist in the 2018 Cot­ton Aus­tralia Young Achiever of the Year award.

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