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Bumper cotton crop expected in CQ

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An uncharacteristic warm start to the cotton season is benefiting Central Queensland's crop.

A bumper season is expected this year, with Emerald the first region in the country to start planting.

Chairman of Cotton Australia Nigel Burnett says it takes longer to get through the cold periods down south.

"Emerald is really fortunate in a bit of a purple patch where we can get going in August/September and have a longer season to get our crop developed and through to the cotton harvester," Mr Burnett says.

"The cotton that was planted on those first few days has emerged really well.

I guess the warm start to the season, which was a bit uncharacteristic, has really benefited the cotton and it's in really good shape."

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