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<h1 class="white upper bold"><br class="clearfix"><span>March 24, 2015</span></h1>
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<p>The National Cotton Grower of the Year Field Day attracted more than 300 cotton growers and industry representatives from across NSW and Queensland to Hillston last week. The Field Day was held on March 12, 2015, and hosted by Tim and Sally Watson (Sunland Agriculture), recipients of the 2014 Monsanto Cotton Grower of the Year Award.<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Cotton Australia CEO, Adam Kay, says the Watsons have been growing cotton in the Riverina for 14 years, and have been recognised for their innovative cotton growing techniques.<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->“Tim and Sally Watson continue to achieve industry-leading results – and they are not confined by conventional thinking,” Mr Kay says.<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->“In the average season, the Watsons grow more than 1100 hectares of irrigated cotton. 2013/14 crop yields of 12.8 bales per hectare were recorded at Sunland Agriculture, 25% higher than Australia’s already world-leading cotton yield averages.”<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->“The cotton industry has a proud history of collaboration, and the field day is a testament to the industry’s ongoing commitment to share the latest research and innovative practices.”<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->“Attendees participated in two practical workshops showcasing current models of best practice,” Mr Kay says.<br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->Presentations were given by a range of industry experts. The event provided growers with a great deal of knowledge back to their own farm relating to a range of topics including:<br><br><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><ul><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><li>Sprinkler irrigation systems and water use efficiencies</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><li>Precision agriculture, including the use of drones</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><li>Crop rotation systems</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><li>Agronomy</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><li>Traits and the latest technology available to assist with crop and soil management</li><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --></ul><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] -->The annual National Cotton Grower of the Year Field Day is an initiative of Cotton Australia with support from the Australian cotton industry’s joint extension program – CottonInfo.</p>

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