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Less Cotton to be Planted in the Riverina

17 September 2012

AUSTRALIA - Farmers in the NSW Riverina are expected to grow less cotton this season.

The big drop in cotton prices in the last 12 months and the lure of more profitable grain crops are causing growers to pull back on plantings, reports ABCRural.

Consultant Pete Johnson says the volatile cotton market has affected grower confidence.

"There was a lot of new growers last year who were looking at the attractive prices," he said. "Potentially, because they were new growers, they may not have locked in as much forward.

"As a consequence, coming into the tail end of the season, they may be holding more unsold stocks and that's probably left them with a pain in the gut."

He says the Murrumbidgee Valley is tipped to plant 26,000 hectares, which is down from last year's 37,000 hectares.

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