Cotton on show in Far North Queensland

An increasing number of farmers are considering cotton as a more resilient and profitable crop choice in Far North Queensland.

Around 140 people recently gathered in the Tablelands, in Far North Queensland, for a field day dedicated to exploring the potential of cotton in the region.

“There is a lot of excitement about the potential development of cotton in Far North Queensland,” says Nutrien Ag Solutions Mareeba/Tolga Branch Manager Tom Mugford.

“We have been working for some years to prove it can be done and get growers on side. Cotton in our area will also help our beef producers because the by-product is a high protein seed, so it’s a win-win for the North.”

Tom says dozens of growers spent the day inspecting crops over a 250km area.

“The current crops won’t be harvested for a few months, but it’s already looking very promising,” says Tom.

“There is still a way to go to achieve the scale needed to secure processing infrastructure in the north, but we are well positioned to support growers looking to add cotton next season through our range of products and services,” says Tom.