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Matt McVeigh

Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner

Matt McVeigh, from Dalby in Queensland, received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Cotton Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation. He researched methods of improving the quality of Australian cotton.

Matt works in his family business, which consists of approximately 6000 hectares of irrigated and dryland cropping and is a mixture of owned, leased and share-farmed country. The main income comes from cotton, closely followed by sorghum – wheat, barley, chickpeas and corn are also part of the cropping rotation.

With the quality of cotton potentially being impacted by factors from seedling emergence through to the spinning mill, it’s an area Matt sees as being critically important.

“I researched cotton quality and what the end user requires, particularly in regards to length and colour, which can cost a producer a great amount of money in a short period of time.

“Agronomic and weather related issues such as row spacing, climate, defoliation, picking and packaging also all relate to quality and I wanted to be able to compare different countries to Australia to see how we can improve on this,” he says.

Matt visited China, Korea, India, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt and the USA.

Location: Dalby, Queensland
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