QUALITY CONTROL: Queensland Cotton area manager Rick Jones checks the quality of Central Highlands cotton coming in to the Emerald gin.
QUALITY CONTROL: Queensland Cotton area manager Rick Jones checks the quality of Central Highlands cotton coming in to the Emerald gin. Amelia Ahern

Central Highlands is producing good quality cotton

TRUCKS loaded with cotton modules have been a common sight, lining the roads with specks of white.

With the Emerald gin working overtime to process the harvest, Queensland Cotton area manager Rick Jones is well into his busiest phase of the year.

"It takes three months to gin all the cotton... we are around the halfway mark," Mr Jones said.

Central Highlands growers have produced some high quality cotton he said.

"In particular, the colour has been good," Mr Jones said.

"It is nice and white."

He said that weather conditions going into harvest were ideal for growers.

"The dry weather was well-timed for picking," he said.

"We have had very little rain compared to other years."

As February is traditionally the wettest month, other years have not been as successful, Mr Jones said.

"If you get four to five days of rain, the cotton goes grey," he said. "Then it's not premium grade."

He said the prices were good at the moment.

"The price is $500 a bale," Mr Jones said.

"It was down around $400 earlier in the season."

The harvest kicked off earlier this year.

"Overall yields are back a little bit," Mr Jones said.

"... but the quality of the yield is good."

At any time there are about 600 cotton modules at the gin.


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