Southern Cotton is dedicated to its growers – and delivering them a tailored, personalised service.
Read more about Southern Cotton grower experiences in the case studies below:
The Coleambally cotton grower, who first planted cotton in 2011, is determined to shift perceptions by urging people to question how water could be better used. He argues food and fibre security is a worthy way to use water, based on the return.
Former aerial agriculture pilot Anthony Ryan, is now an experienced Leeton based cotton producer, whose safe landing into the industry is credit to the culture of knowledge sharing between growers. Cotton has become Anthony’s main crop.
In search of a crop with the highest return per megalitre, Coleambally grower Andrew O'Connor, converted to cotton in 2014. Andrew believes that no other crop compares to cotton, when you consider the excellent return and support.
Donna Wiseman, together with husband, Lincoln, has been growing a variety of crops – rice, corn, sunflowers, maize, and sorghum – for more than 32 years. They grew their first cotton crop in the 2011 – 2012 season and now grow over 400 hectares.
Third-generation farmer, Rob Houghton, first planted cotton in 2011 when the industry was in its infancy in southern NSW. Rob has introduced remote automation to his operation and is enjoying the lifestyle and environmental benefits.
When Southern Cotton’s technology and tracking systems enabled cotton sheet producer, It-fits, to trace the cotton back to chairman Larry Walsh’s farm in Coleambally – it signalled the start of an exciting time for both growers and cotton buyers.
Campbell Dalton is a passionate, fourth generation farmer who sees a prosperous future on the land. After a number of years away from home, Campbell has recently returned to manage the 4500-hectare family-cropping program.
Trent and Chris Gardiner
It’s a family affair for father-and-son duo Trent and Chris Gardiner, who own and run two farms in Coleambally. It was 26-year-old son, Chris, who originally ‘planted the seeds’ with the idea to try cotton in 2013.
The Hardy family – Chris, brothers, Darren and Perry, and son Scott – run a mixed enterprise operation in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area growing predominately cotton, rice, malting barely, canola seed and soybean.
Dallas and Liz Stott are young and innovative growers who value the environmental credentials and forward thinking of the cotton industry. The ‘cottonseed’ was first planted for the Stott’s in 2011.