Plan and prepare in advance

10 Point Plan for irrigated cotton


Plan and prepare in advance


Complete field work and ground preparation early.

  • This will enable a smooth transition into the planting operation and allow the maximum amount of time to accumulate moisture into the soil profile.

Create a firm, consolidated seed bed.

  • Planting is a critical operation in the cotton farming system and every effort should be made to ensure that the seed is given every opportunity to establish. Visit the FastStartTM  website for more information.

Service all machinery, pumps and ring tanks to ensure all are in good condition.

  • This is good farming practice and should be conducted for all crops, including cotton. Some operations within the cotton farming system are timing sensitive and ensuring that machinery breakdowns are reduced will not limit production is important.
  • Boom spray hygiene is critical prior to spraying cotton. Cotton is particularly sensitive to phenoxy herbicides so it's important to follow an effective clean down procedure.

Have consultants and contractors (e.g. picking, spraying, farming, etc.) organised for planting.

  • A good cotton consultant will assist you with the management of your cotton crop. Their knowledge will assist crop management to ensure the crop is managed without stresses throughout the season.
  • Cotton consultants can help with forecasting crop requirements, variety selection, planting, fertiliser requirements and application, irrigation timing, insect and weeds scouting and control and crop defoliation.
  • Even the most experienced cotton growers utilise the services of cotton consultants. We would not recommend growing cotton without the support of a consultant. A list of cotton consultants can be found at Crop Consultants Australia.

Inform neighbours of your cotton growing plans this season to alert them of the damage that can be caused to cotton crops from Phenoxy herbicide (also known as 2, 4-D and MCPA) drift. For information visit myBMP and Cotton Map.