Boomi grower Ben Moloney turns to cotton on his Boomi property

Cotton has become a major summer crop in recent years on the Moloney property at Boomi.

The reason for this is due to the way that cotton utilises moisture.

Ben Moloney, who farms at “Waverley” north of Moree in northern NSW, said their main summer crop  until now had always been sorghum.

But in the past two years they also planted cotton.

“We quite like cotton because the water use pattern is different to sorghum and it is a good broadleaf break for grass weed control,” he said.

He said traditionally the major rainfall months in the area were January and February so a later planted or longer season crop, such as cotton, could benefit from those events.