Farmers have ramped up the pressure to establish a cotton industry in the Northern Territory.
Once picked, Chris and Amanda Howie will consign their cargo as a backload to make the long trek to the Dalby cotton gins for processing.
Farmers would like the support of Katherine residents for plans to base the Territory's cotton industry in the town.
Cotton is being produced with significantly less water, land and insecticides than it was three decades ago.
Despite the area sown to cotton in the Central Highlands being half of last year's, which itself was a significant reduction on the normal amount grown, Cam Geddes believes the region is in reasonable shape.
An idea borrowed from a fellow agronomist in Moree looks like delivering Emerald's Graham Volck and his son Oliver a productive cotton crop despite a squeeze on water availability.
It was a tough season for cotton producers, but ABARES says the only way is up off the smallest plant since the 1970s.