Nigel Corish has been awarded the prestigious Monsanto Cotton Grower of the Year Award for 2012.
Mr Corish, who farms a 4,800 hectare property – “Yambocully” – near Goondiwindi in Queensland, was given the award at the annual Australian Cotton Industry Awards dinner at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Thursday evening.
Daniel Kruithoff, Country Lead Monsanto Australia, congratulated Nigel Cornish and said the knowledge, excellent farming practices and strong personal commitment shown by all entrants was truly outstanding.
“Nigel’s “Yambocully” property is a prime example of a modern cotton enterprise, utilising farming best practice across a diverse agricultural mix, and achieving high yielding, sustainably produced and profitable crops, each and every year.
“I congratulate not only Nigel but all the finalists for their inspiring dedication and desire to continually innovate and enhance their farming operations.”
The Cornish Family farm has 900 hectares of irrigated country and 1400ha of dryland cultivation, including 680ha of cotton this year. The remaining 2500ha is rotated with cotton, chickpeas and wheat to maximise soil health, a constant challenge on the properties grey cracking clay soils.
Corish, 29, took ownership of the property in 2007, and has made fantastic progress in that time:
Yields have increased every year and water use efficiency has doubled since 2005
His farming operation is based on data gained from a full Electromagnetic Survey conducted a few years ago and scientific data accumulated from on farm trials. These include GPS ‘fertility site’ test soil nutrition, water probes measuring soil moisture and a visual and beat sheet test each week in-season to test for pests
Sustainability underpins his operations. Inputs like Nitrogen, Potassium and pesticides are kept to a minimum and water use efficiency and integrated weed management is fundamental in all farming practices
Rotating crops is important for Fusarium control, with affected paddocks rested, paddocks re-levelled as needed and care taken to not waterlog affected areas
“Yambocully” was one of the first farms to implement Come Clean Go Clean policies, which is essential given that farm machinery is shared between the family properties.
Corish is President of the Macintyre Valley Cotton Growers Association, Chairman of the Upper Weir Water Users Association and on the committee of Border Rivers Food and Fibre, Cotton Australia general committee, Future Cotton Leader participant for 2012 and the cotton Conference Committee
“Monsanto’s sponsorship of this award is an investment in the future of the Australian cotton industry, ensuring the excellence in cotton growing continues to get the recognition it deserves,” Mr Kruithoff said.
“It’s great to see the number and quality of nominees become bigger and better each year. I congratulate not only all finalists and winners, but every Australian cotton grower who entered”
“These awards reflect a vibrant cotton industry, with efficient, dedicated growers committed to a bright future, Kruithoff concluded.
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