QUEENSLAND Cotton's two ginning operations at Cecil Plains and Dalby have entered uncharted territory this year, smashing the record for the number of cotton bales ginned.
About 730,000 bales will be ginned, which is well above the previous record of just 425,000 bales.
The two gins have been operating non-stop for 170 days - far longer than usual.
It is the biggest picking season ever witnessed on the Darling Downs by at least 40%.
In what has been a stellar year for growers, the pick is estimated to be worth $300 million.
Queensland Cotton Cecil Plains plant superintendent Ian Cesari said the gin was just 10,000 bales off ginning three million bales in its short history.
DARLING Downs cotton growers are rejoicing after the biggest season on record.
The historic pick, worth about $300 million, has easily thrashed all previous Darling Downs cotton crop records.
On top of the record pick, a further $42 million is expected to be made from cotton seed sales.
Queensland Cotton regional manager John Robinson said the company's two ginning operations at Cecil Plains and Dalby entered uncharted territory this year.
"It is the biggest picking season ever witnessed on the Darling Downs by at least 40%," Mr Robinson said.
"It has been historic.
"It has certainly been a good outcome for the Darling Downs cotton industry."
Mr Robinson said the two gins were operating around the clock for the entire season.
"It is normal to operate the gins 24/7 throughout the season," he said.
"What was not normal was the length of the ginning season.
"This year we worked about 170 days. Normally the season would finish in August.
"We only finished ginning operations last week."
Mr Robinson said the number of cotton bales ginned on the Darling Downs this year had smashed all previous records.
"The previous record on the Darling Downs was about 425,000 bales of cotton," he said.
"This year we are looking at producing more than 730,000 bales of cotton on the Darling Downs.
"It has been the biggest year by far.
"We smashed it."
Mr Robinson said there were a number of factors that made this year's pick the best on record.
"The cotton price was very good in 2011 and that inspired people to plant more," he said.
"Compared to previous years, there was a lot more water and moisture around.
"However, this year I do not believe will be as spectacular."
Queensland Cotton Cecil Plains plant superintendent Ian Cesari said the gin was only 10,000 bales off ginning three million bales in its short history.
"When I first started here during the '80s we were ginning 50,000 bales," Mr Cesari said.
"I would not imagine there are many gins in Australia that can lay claim to ginning three million bales of cotton.
"It just goes to show how far the industry on the Darling Downs has come."
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