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Successful cotton season winding up

“We are looking at the 12 to 13 bale per hectare range in the district."

The Swansbra family Rachel and Ralph 2, Matt, with Scarlett, 3, in their crop at ‘Kooragamma’ west of Wee Waa with CGS Lower Namoi regional manager Simon Chorley and CGS agronomist Elli Schwager.

The district’s cotton harvest is drawing to a close with cotton farmers generally pleased with the results.

About 100,000 ha of mainly irrigated cotton was planted in the Lower Namoi and Upper Namoi to Gunnedah.

“The harvest has gone smoothly with the dry finish to the season, certainly no wet weather to hold picking up,” said CGS Lower Namoi regional manager Simon Chorley.

“Irrigated yields seem to be better than we expected, slightly above average.

“We are looking at the 12 to 13 bale per hectare range in the district.

“And early quality reports seem quite good.”

Prices are very good, stable throughout the season and have recently kicked up a bit to $590-$600 per bale, he said.