Rain-grown Cotton: the Viable Alternative

Cotton Australia - The Raingrown Cotton Initiative

Type: Factsheet
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

Growing raingrown cotton could be the best decision you’ll make this year!


What is the problem?

Raingrown cotton provides greater returns and less risk. By this means, it is greatly advantageous to cotton growers. This article furnished basic information about the viable alternative to cotton growing.

What did the research involve?

It involved the returns associated from raingrown cotton, marketing, controlling insects, row spacing and weed control, listing of supporting consultations, learning from case studies, and the appropriate actions.

What were the key findings?

  • The profitability and system advance from raingrown cotton have said to surpass other rotational options, particularly because it enables highest gross margin return, reduced labor and input costs and a more manageable cash flow. Moreover, an entailed table comparing the raingrown and sorghum in an 8-year average provided that raingrown cotton is 50% more profitable than sorghum
  • Impelled by an agreement from different but collaborating parties, a contract is made to deliver cotton on an agreed date and price. It often is correlated with force majeure contacts to help manage risks. Furthermore, in managing the production risk, ensuring the raingrown cotton crop policy for significant yield variability is crucial
  • Insect control encompasses the use of a year-around approach of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) because reduces pest upsurge, insecticide-reliance, and high costs which results to escalates the human health, environment preservation, and conservation of beneficial animal species
  • Row spacing allows increased the soil moisture for plants, extended time in pre-in-crop rainfall, improved fiber quality and length, achieved base-grade for the harvest, and saved variable costs of inputs. Moreover, rotating away from a cereal-based program with a broadleaf crop enables weed and disease breakdown in the crop rotation and the added ability to apply a herbicide manages the weed
  • In sprouting raingrown cotton, advice and consultations from agronomists, Technology Service Providers (TSPs), contractors, research, development and extension (RD&E), merchants, insurance providers, industry organizations, and the Raingrown Cotton Initiative can essentially provide assistance and guidance
  • Cameron and the Blatchford’s case studies of applying raingrown cotton resulted in favorable outcomes in terms of the productivity and profitability up until now

Final comment

In growing rain-grown cotton efficiently, consulting an agronomist, knowing the soil type, planting in standing stubble a full moisture profile, planning for weeds, using row configuration and variety combination, establishing an even and healthy plant stand, valuing the post-harvest tillage operations, and fitting cotton in the rotation are the most essential actions to do.

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