Audio Podcasts: Cotton Conversations

Former CottonInfo Regional Extension Officer for the Darling Downs, John Smith, recorded a two-part audio podcast series - Cotton Conversations - with two of the industry's outstanding leaders.

Podcast #1: John 'Cowboy' Cameron.

In the first Cotton Conversation, John interviews Cowboy Cameron, who along with his wife Ros, runs 'Kintyre', a dryland farming property at Bongeen in the QLD Darling Downs. The Cameron's started farming 25 years ago with very little financial backing and not much experience.

Since that first crop, the Cameron's have been committed to cotton and have expanded their original block to include three neighbouring properties, and their business to also include picking contracting and managing other local properties. In this podcast, Cowboy talks about his journey from novice grower to the grower of the year, and that 10 bale/ha dryland crop! 

Length: 25 minutes. 

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Podcast #2: Andrew Bate

In the second Cotton Conversation, John interviews farmer and agronomist Andrew Bate who has a vision to use robotics to revolutionise the way we farm. Andrew and Jocie farm “Bendee” near Emerald on the QLD Central Highlands where they grow dryland crops such as chickpea, wheat, mungbeans and sorghum. They also breed, fatten and feedlot beef cattle.

While not a cotton grower, Andrew’s work has huge potential for the cotton industry. In 2012 he developed a joint project with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney, and Queensland University of Technology to develop robotic technology for agriculture. He founded SwarmFarm Robotics as a business to commercialise robotic technology for agriculture. In this podcast, Andrew talks about his passion for robotic farming systems, and how they will change the future of agriculture. Photo courtesy The Land newspaper. 

Length: 18 minutes.

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