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.
It has been a year where only the toughest of cotton crops survived, which has made the efforts of the FastStart award winners more special.
The Australian cotton sector is on track for its lowest production in a decade and analysts warn it will be a slow recovery process.
The drought has bitten the cotton industry hard, with total production set to drop to its smallest level in a decade.