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Cotton Nutrition Tour to Five Australian Cotton Growing Valleys
March 24, 2016

CottonInfo’s cotton nutrition tour hit the road last month, taking 10 leading CRDC-funded nutrition researchers out to five cotton growing valleys.

The tour hosted field days at Gunnedah, Warren, Griffith, Emerald and Moree, taking the latest developments in nutrition researchers to more than 300 cotton growers and consultants.

  • Top tips for growers, from the field day chair, Dr Oliver Knox of University of New England were:
  • Be realistic about your potential yield, trust your soil and tissue tests and apply your nitrogen (N) accordingly.
  • There are several pools of phosphorus in the soil. It is important to understand these and the soil test methods that relate to them.
  • Promoting your soil biology with cover crops and rotations can help to buffer any N in your system and reduce losses.
  • Cover crops make sense and don’t dry your soils out.
  • 15 bale crops are not just about high N rates.

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