The spring edition of CRDC's magazine, Spotlight, brings you the highlights from the 2018 Australian Cotton Conference and its program of quality industry, research and external speakers.
This edition also takes a look at CRDC's investment into industry leadership, and our support for future leaders. With Cotton Australia and Auscott, we are pleased to announce Fleur Anderson and John Durham as our 2018 participants in the Australian Rural Leadership Program, and with Cotton Australia, a new crop of 16 Australian Future Cotton Leaders. We also recognise NSW DPI scientist Dr Robert Mensah, who received a Queen’s Birthday Honours Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to the NSW primary industries sector over 26 years.
This edition of Spotlight also has a range of articles based on research information to assist growers and consultants with ongoing improvements to crop nutrition and pest management. There is a strong cohort of CRDC-supported researchers continuously bring new information about nitrogen use which we’ve outlined. There is also a strong contingent of growers and consultants who, supported by CRDC Grassroots Grants, are sharing a wealth of experience in managing key pests to growers in other regions. And as we move into a new season it is a timely reminder to consider the likely consequences of early season pest management decisions and their impacts later on in the crop.