Corks Popp to celebrate cotton's best

Where would Goondiwindi be without the cotton industry?

Despite the drought the industry came together recently to celebrate a proud history and the achievements of all those involved with cotton over the past 12 months.

Almost 200 people attended this year's Macintyre Valley Cotton Growers' Association Awards dinner held on Friday, August 30. The committee said it was great to see so many attend given the tough season just gone and an outlook which looks little better.

The big winners of the night were: Irrigated Crop of the Year - Thomas Popp, RMI, "Carrington". Dryland Crop of the Year- D & R Gurner, "Booroondoo North".

Water Use Efficiency Award- A & C Doolin, "Myall Downs". Farm of the Year- Thomas Popp, RMI, "Carrington".

Innovation Award - Maurice Hayes, Hayes Spraying. Young Achiever- Tom Coulton. Patricia Coutlon Memorial Award- Craig Collyer, RMI. Service to the Industry - Glen Smith.

Iain Macpherson, Jim O'Connor and Phil Sloan were also acknowledged for their outstanding service and commitment to the Macintyre Valley Cotton industry as consultants, merchants and their dedication to the committee and region.

ABARES forecasts a further 40pc drop in cotton production after major fall last season. "I expect any irrigated cotton produced in the 2019-20 season to be grown using ground water with most valleys having zero general security water allocations. Here's hoping for rain," Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay said. Amen to that.