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…

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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 farms…

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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 any areas you know you can improve.…

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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

 

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We are working to improve sustainability in 9 key areas

Productivity: More cotton per hectare

Our goal is to increase Australian cotton yield and quality within sustainable environmental boundaries. 
This aligns to UN SDG 2.4: implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity, help maintain ecosystems, strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, and improve land and soil quality.

Why is this a priority?
With the world’s population forecast to increase from 7.7 billion in 2018 to 9.7 billion in 2050, farmers all around…

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We are working to improve sustainability in 9 key areas

Workplace: continuing to create safe, inclusive and skilled workplaces

 

Why is this a priority?

Wellbeing is defined by our partners at the University of Canberra’s Regional Wellbeing Survey as being a state in which a person can realise their own potential and contribute to their community.

This is a complex topic: wellbeing is influenced by a combination of physical, mental, financial, social and other factors. This complexity means no single organisation – or no single industry – is…

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