An innovative technology in the Australian cotton industry — the use of biodegradable film to trap warmth from the sun to help seedlings grow faster — is gaining a foothold overseas.
A biodegradable film laid over seedlings could change the way thirsty crops like cotton are grown. The innovative technology has been proven to boost yield and maximise water usage and is now being used on farms around the world.
Farmers are hoping Scott Morrison's first overseas trip as Prime Minister will bring with it a free trade agreement with Indonesia.
Two senior figures from the massive southern Queensland cotton operation Norman Farming face court in Brisbane accused of defrauding the Commonwealth of $20 million in Murray-Darling water funding.
In 62 years of farming, Neil Barwick never thought he would see a time when he would be unable to plant a winter crop. But that is exactly what this drought has meant.