Choosing an appropriate variety, Cotton Choices™ and row configuration

8 Golden Rules of dryland cotton


Choosing an appropriate variety, Cotton Choices™ and row configuration


Variety choice.

  • Obtain the relevant CSD Grower and Monsanto Technology User Agreement (TUA):
    • Cotton planting seed within Australia cannot be purchased without both of these agreements in place as this is a government regulatory requirement.
    • These agreements can be obtained from your local cotton seed supplier/Monsanto Technology Service Provider (TSP) who can also provide advice on how to order seed.

Select variety based on:

  • Yield in your area and production type.
  • Disease tolerances.
  • Resilience in fibre quality, especially in the toughest of seasons.
  • Technology choice.

There are also sales and marketing offers provided by both CSD and Monsanto, which may be of interest.

  • Your consultant will be able to assist you in making an educated decision on which variety and how Cotton Choices™ will suit your specific situation.
  • Cotton Choices™ provides grower flexibility by allowing Bollgard® 3, Bollgard II® and Roundup Ready Flex® growers the ability to choose the best payment option for their technology fees to suit the financial and production risks of their farm.

Match seed treatment choice to expected disease and early season insect pressure.

  • Your consultant will be able to assist you in selecting a suitable seed treatment.

Row configuration.

  • There are many row configurations of which you can plant dryland cotton. These can vary depending on wheel spacing, soil type and PAWC*, rainfall reliability and forecast. For further information, visit CSD's Skip Row Configurations Guide.
  • It is important to remember that the row configuration must suit your system and that you need to have access to equipment to plant and pick.
  • Research what other dryland cotton growers are comfortable in planting and speak with your consultant to decide which configuration best suits your system.
  • Row configuration can be used as a risk management tool, especially in low summer rainfall zones by:
    • Reducing production costs.
    • Enlarging the bucket of stored soil moisture available to the plant.
    • Providing some surety of fibre quality in tough seasons.


*Plant Available Water Content