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RYCOTT at Newhaven
 
RYCOTT 2012
 
Last April (2012) our club held it first RYCOTT camp. This camp followed on from the very successful Rotary Youth Crops, Agronomy, Grain and Seed (RYCAGS) Camps of 2010 and 2011 and suggestions from teachers and students. This camp is aimed at year 9 to 12 agriculture students wanting to expand their farming knowledge in cotton growing. The camp lasts three days and the students are housed at the Narromine Showground. Catering is from the Rotary Food Van and supervision is 24/7. A maximum of 15 students attend. The cost is $100 per student.

We visited two cotton farms where picking had commenced. Both farmers explained their operations, irrigation practices, water storage, spraying techniques, defoliating, baling, moduling and transport. Ground preparation, fertilizers and de-stalking are all explained. We visited two cotton gins and witnessed de-seeding, cleaning and baling the cotton, ready for manufacture into clothes and household goods. Farm machinery retailers also provided information on pickers and tractors.

Professionals gave talks on genetic modification, agronomy, finance and insurance and the students gained a lot from this camp because many had not been exposed to cotton farming before.

Local sponsorship from businesses defrayed the costs for Rotarians and the students.

The following are testimonials from the last camp:
  • Another great camp. Well run and organised                    Student
  • I had no idea about cotton farming so I learned a lot        Student
  • A great way to keep these kids on the land after school    Ag teacher