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Cotton plantings in Southern NSW to outstrip rice for first time

11 October 2017

COTTON plantings in Southern NSW are tipped to double this season, amid high water allocations, excellent planting conditions and good prices.

And for the first time cotton planted in the Riverina will outstrip rice plantings.

This year it is predicted 89,320ha of cotton will be planted in the Lachlan, Murray and Murrumbidgee irrigation valleys, up 53 per cent on the 58,210ha planted last year.

That’s according to figures from Monsanto, seen by The Weekly Times, based on farmer planting intentions.

The biggest jump in plantings was in the Murrumbidgee Valley, up 56 per cent or 24,000ha on last year to 66,800 ha

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