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Heat provides relief to struggling cotton crops

Laurissa Smith, Wednesday February 5, 2014 - 12:25 EDT
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Cotton in the Murrumbidgee Valley now thriving in the heat after a slow start to the season. - ABC

Thanks to the heat, cotton crops in south-west NSW are back on track.

A cool start to the season stunted their growth, which had growers worried yields would fall behind.

Whitton farmer Dallas Stott says he's relieved crops have been lapping up the warm weather.

"We thought we might be down last year on the nodes and that sort of thing, but it's been good retention, high retention of the fruit.

"I think it's going to be much the same as last year now for the majority of people.

"There will be some paddocks, and we've got some ourselves, that'll be a little bit slow, but on the whole it's pretty good really."

Around 28,000 hectares of cotton have been planted in the Murrumbidgee Valley this year.


- ABC

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