Dryland growers named Monsanto cotton grower of the year


John and Ros Cameron are the recipients of the 2013 Monsanto Cotton Grower of the Year award.

The Cameron’s “Kintyre” family run dryland farm is located in Bongeen 29km north-west of Pittsworth on Queensland’s Darling Downs.

They received the award at the 2013 Australian Cotton Industry Awards held in Narrabri.
Monsanto Australia’s Managing Director, Daniel Kruithoff, said that the Cameron’s commitment to experimenting and planning has been crucial to their success.

“I have known the Cameron’s for many years and I have always been impressed by their willingness to try new things to get the best from their land.

“Their approach to conducting soil tests at regular intervals across their farm has allowed them to pinpoint what nutrients are required and where with great accuracy.

“The Cameron’s also plan up to two years in advance which helps them maximise their yields and carefully manage their soil which is so important to a dryland system,” Mr Kruithoff said.

John Cameron is also a major industry supporter and collaborator. For years he’s committed to local, state and national cotton industry forums including ACGRA, CRDC, CSD and currently the Chair of Cotton Australia’s Farming Systems Panel, where he’s contributed 80 unpaid hours already this year alone.

“Monsanto has been a long time supporter of these awards which showcase the talent and passion in Australia’s cotton industry.

“The rapid adoption of new technology and crop management practices has underpinned the cotton industry’s success, led by growers such as the Cameron’s,” Mr Kruithoff said.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Awards, which recognise excellence and achievement in Australia’s cotton industry throughout the supply chain, from growers and ginners to product suppliers, consultants, agronomists and researchers.


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