Australia is a global leader in water productivity and the cotton industry has shown continuous improvement in this area.

Through the Water Productivity Benchmarking Project, co-funded by NSW DPI and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, improvements are being monitored in the cotton industry.

Like all data however, the more that's collected, the more powerful the final outcomes.

CottonInfo is working to support the project by encouraging new participants to the benchmarking process.

Click on the PDF link below to review a presentation overview of…

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CottonInfo has today announced that a new Communications Lead - Megan Woodward - has joined our team.  

Megan will support the CottonInfo team in providing the latest research to growers and consultants, helping them to achieve best practice. 

CottonInfo is a joint initiative of the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), Cotton Australia and Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD). It is a unique industry partnership that aims to communicate the outcomes of research, encourage grower adoption and improve industry practices. 

Megan is an…

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Celebrating ten years of CottonInfo: connecting growers with research

This month Australian cotton celebrates ten years of CottonInfo with a look back at a decade of impact delivered by the industry's extension program. 

Established in 2012, CottonInfo is a joint initiative of Cotton Australia, Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC). It is a unique industry partnership that communicates the outcomes of research, encourages grower adoption of technology and innovation, and improves industry practices.

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New CottonInfo officer connecting growers with research in Central Qld

CottonInfo has announced that new Regional Extension Officer (REO), Kim Stevens, has joined the team.

This role joins REOs already in place in six other regions of the industry, in positions funded by Cotton Seed Distributors as part of the CottonInfo partnership.

CottonInfo Program Manager, Warwick Waters, welcomed Kim to CottonInfo.

“Kim is already known in the industry, as she lives on a farm at Biloela and is a current participant in the Cotton Future Leaders Program,” Mr Waters said. “It…

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New irrigation Technical Lead at CottonInfo

 

CottonInfo, the Australian cotton industry’s joint extension program, has announced that Louise Gall is the industry’s new Technical Lead for Irrigation.

Lou Gall is based in the Gwydir Valley and comes to the role with extensive experience delivering major irrigation and water use efficiency projects, working with primary producers across multiple regions and industries.

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What is biodiversity and what do we think about it?

 

The term ‘biodiversity’ is in danger of becoming a buzzword and its meaning in relation to cotton farms varies from grower to grower, according to a new industry study.

Attitudes and thoughts around how CRDC can help cotton growers maintain and build on-farm biodiversity have been heard through a recent research project. The Perceptions of strategies to strengthen biodiversity management on cotton…

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Sustainability: we all have a part to play.
The Australian cotton industry’s sustainability framework benefits growers directly, as well as the entire industry. 

By talking to people inside and outside the industry, we have identified nine sustainability topics we know are most important to all stakeholders. Below are the summary actions we need to take as an industry to continue to improve in these areas. 

What can you do to play your part in the industry’s sustainability work?
1.    Read this list below
2.    Identify…

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Biodiversity offset schemes - an area to watch for cotton growers

Biodiversity offset schemes aim to reward farmers for managing species and ecosystems through market-based mechanisms.

Along with soil and water, biodiversity makes up the natural capital that cotton farms rely on. Biodiversity can help with natural pest control and pollination, erosion control, carbon sequestration and storage and enhanced water retention. These can all deliver a direct financial benefit, as well as improving…

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We are working to improve sustainability in nine key areas. 
PROFITABILITY. A sustainability fundamental: profitable growers can confidently reinvest in their business and community.


Why is this a priority?
Profitability is a fundamental sustainability indicator for growers. Profitable cotton growers can invest in the technologies and practices needed to adapt to a changing environment and market. It also enables them to contribute to local communities, economies and the environment.

Our goal is for growers to have sufficient profitability to…

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During the 2020/21 season, QDAF and the NSW DPI entomology teams undertook insect sampling for the purpose of resistance testing. This fact sheet and presentations provide a summary of the results. 

Fact sheet - Resistance monitoring 2020/21 season

PowerPoint presentation - Resistance surveillance of major cotton pests

PowerPoint presentation - Silverleaf whitefly resistance monitoring