Wednesday: Southwesterly 25/30 knots. Seas: 2.5/3 metres. Swell: Westerly 3 metres, increasing to 4 metres by early evening. Thursday: Southwesterly 15/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots in the far east early in the morning. Winds turning southerly 10/15 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the morning. Swell: Westerly 4 metres, tending southwesterly 3/4 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 2.5/3 metres around midday. Outlook Friday: Southwesterly about 10 knots increasing to 10/15 knots early in the morning. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Southwesterly 2/2.5 metres. Outlook Saturday: Southwesterly 10/15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: West to southwesterly 2/2.5 metres.Issued Wed 16:50 EST
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.