SOUTHERN Cotton grower and gin director Scott Hogan and wife Anita became the toast of the region's cotton industry recently after their Trevail Park bale was the 500,000th ginned.
It was a milestone record for the Whitton-based gin and a reflection of the boom in cotton production, according to Southern Cotton general manager Kate O'Callaghan.
The 500,000th bale was ginned on September 18, with the Hogans joined by Mrs O'Callaghan and staff to cut a celebratory cake to mark the occasion.
"Southern Cotton is in the business of supporting quality local growers like the Hogans," Mrs O'Callaghan said.
"In 2011, Trevail Park grew 60 hectares of cotton for the first time and now grows 10 times that amount, with 640 hectares grown this year and 800 hectares planned for 2015.
"The Hogans are a great example of how local growers are contributing to cotton production growth."
For Mr Hogan, choosing cotton made sense when compared with other crops.
"If you weigh it up from a dollars per megalitre perspective, cotton is a better crop with a better outcome - it's as simple as that," Mr Hogan said.
Southern Cotton has been at the forefront of the growth in cotton production since 2012, increasing from 11,000 hectares in 2011 to over 32,000 hectares this season.
The forecast is for more than 50,000 hectares in 2015.
"As the cotton industry grows, Southern Cotton is well-prepared," Mrs O'Callaghan said.
"Our purpose-built gin equipment is capable of running at maximum capacity.
"Combined with our competitive ginning price, inline classing, and reporting, we know we will exceed our growers' expectations."