Wednesday: Southwesterly 15/20 knots, reaching 20/30 knots south of Port MacDonnell until late evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: Southwesterly 3 metres, increasing to 3/4 metres south of Port MacDonnell. Thursday: Southwest to southerly 10/15 knots, reaching 15/20 knots south of Port MacDonnell early in the morning. Winds tending south to southeasterly below 10 knots in the evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the late afternoon. Swell: Southwesterly 2.5/4 metres. Outlook Friday: Variable about 10 knots becoming south to southwesterly 10/15 knots for a period during the afternoon the tending easterly in the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southwesterly 2/2.5 metres. Outlook Saturday: East to northeasterly 10/15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southwesterly 2/2.5 metres.Issued Wed 15:50 CST
17:48 EST Queensland cotton growers are planting only 20 per cent of the crop they planted last year as the drought continues to take its toll.