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McGregor Gourlay Agricultural Services

McGregor Gourlay Agricultural Services is a dynamic and progressive privately-owned Australian agribusiness with branches located across the premier cotton, broad acre, sugar cane, horticulture and livestock regions of North West NSW, the NSW Northern Rivers, Darling Downs and the South West QLD Border Regions.

Gwydir Valley looks great

As the season draws to a close, the cotton in the Gwydir Valley looks great. Picking has begun in the early season cotton, whilst some later planted crops are still a little while off defoliation. Early yield indications at the moment are around the 14-15b/ha.

Citizen scientists hop to it with rabbit virus tracking project

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is calling on rural and regional Australians to join in the longest-running citizen science survey of rabbit diseases in the world, to help keep the invasive pest in check.


Growers on alert for Fall armyworm

Fall armyworm (FAW) are being detected at unprecedented levels in sorghum crops across Central Queensland, the Western and Darling Downs and northern New South Wales causing what experts predict could be the most significant impact on sorghum since the pest’s arrival in Australia in 2020.


Uncovering key drivers of profitability in Australian cotton production

To address challenges faced by cotton growers associated with rising production costs, fluctuating yields, and regulatory constraints, Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) have partnered with Ag Econ through CSD’s Richard Williams Initiative to better understand the key drivers of crop profitability.


US court bans over-the-top Dicamba use

The US Farm Journal reports that a federal court in Arizona has vacated EPA’s 2020 registrations for dicamba products to be used in over-the-top applications. This effectively means the agricultural community will be unable to apply XtendiMax (Bayer), Enginia (BASF), and Tavium (Syngenta) for the upcoming 2024 growing season, until the EPA can re-review the matter.


Dates announced for picker operator training for QLD

Dates have been released for the series of cotton picker training workshops being run in cotton growing regions across Queensland as part of the state government’s micro-credential skills program.


Louis Dreyfus signs binding agreement to acquire Namoi Cotton

Louis Dreyfus (LDC) has announced that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire the remaining 83 per cent shares of Namoi Cotton that it doesn’t already own, by way of a Scheme of Arrangement.




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