Cotton Australia is estimating 30,000 hectares of cotton has been affected by spray drift.
The growth of the cotton in Upper Namoi valley is prompting a huge upgrade at the local gin, with Carroll Cotton looking to expand with the industry.
The cotton sector is shaping up as the most active sector in the property market says Colliers International.
Irrigators say the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) proposed water recovery is still taking too much water from production and communities such as Dirranbandi and St George will continue to be hurt as a result.
The 2016-17 Australian cotton season has begun, with planting mostly completed in the northern-most cotton valleys and early estimates anticipating a strong production year by growers.
The news is good for Australian growers planning on planting cotton this season, with the International Cotton Advisory Council forecasting a price rise across the sector.
School-leavers are being encouraged to take a gap year on a cotton farm through Cotton Australia's Cotton Gap program.
Widespread rainfall and improved dam levels have given the country’s cotton crop a much-needed boost, with the industry expecting to plant its biggest area in six years.