Delivering Regional Extension to St George Dirranbandi
The Australian Cotton Industry has always been held in high regard by the
Australian and World Agricultural sectors due to its innate ability to focus on and
overcome the challenges it faces. This has continually been achieved due to the
industry’s commitment to researchers and the ability to effectively and efficiently
disseminate this information to growers and their consultants via the current
extension method. This has been demonstrated in the Lower Balonne with the CRC
implementation of this project.
The information contained in this project provides many positive examples of the
need for such a method to deliver and extend research outcomes and best farming
practices to the industry. Most importantly feedback from growers indicates that the
project has the support of the greater majority of the farmers in the St George,
Dirranbandi and Thallon region. Their continual support, participation and
attendance at the activities such as workshops, field walks, meetings and grower
tours only further substantiates this.
This project has shown that there is an opportunity to exploit the existing network of
private consultants so as to deliver tangible outcomes for the whole of industry.
Reductions in both insecticide usage for whitefly and mirids and a dramatic
decrease in the incidence of 2,4‐D damage is further justification of the successful
nature of this partnership between the Cotton CRC and cotton consultants.
I believe the Extension Team provides an invaluable service to the whole of industry
and have seen first hand the exchange of ideas and knowledge that occurs when
growers, consultants, researchers and industry staff are bought together, thus
ensuring that we as an industry are progressing towards a sustainable future.