The harvest of cotton trials in the Ord Valley started in earnest this week with the hand-picking of several varieties for analysis.
This is the second year genetically modified cotton has been planted in the region for a joint trial between the Northern Australia Crop Research Alliance in partnership with the CSIRO and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation. Cotton was planted in late January on 16ha of land on Ceres Farm in Packsaddle and more than 300ha of black soil managed by Kimberley Agricultural Investment.
CSIRO principal research agronomist Stephen Yeates said this year looked to be a bit tougher for cotton after a hot April.
He said regardless of the results the team was learning a lot from the three-year trial.
“The main thing we want to do is separate what we control with management to what we can’t control with climate,” Mr Yeates said.
NACRA director David Cross said the future program for the trial next year would depend on the outcomes from this season.
The main cotton harvest will start next week with the arrival of a large piece of harvesting equipment.
Written by Peter de Kruijff in The West Australian. See original link here.