Why is research, development and extension (RD&E) so important for you as an Australian cotton grower?
Because it helps you improve your productivity, profitability, practices and performance.
- Productivity – Today, growers are achieving an increase in productivity of around four percent per annum, thanks to improved Australian-bred cotton varieties and on-farm management practices. Thanks to cotton RD&E, led by CRDC, Australian cotton growers are now growing more cotton on less land and with less impact on the environment than ever before.
- Profitability – In the Cotton Grower Survey, almost 90 percent of growers said that cotton was profitable and consistently their crop of choice. Continuing to improve this profitability is a core focus for CRDC – which is why we continue to invest heavily in work around water management, energy use efficiency and nutrition.
- Practices – Thanks to the significant contribution of cotton R&D, growers now use 30 percent less land and 40 percent less water to produce one tonne of cotton lint than 10-15 years ago. They’ve achieved this through continually improving their on-farm practices in line with the industry’s best practice, which not only helps improve profit, but also demonstrates the level of care they have for the environment and our precious natural resources.
- Performance – The result of all of this? Australian growers achieve the highest yields in the world – almost three times the world average. In 2012-13, for the first time in history, the average yield of Australian cotton crops exceeded 10 bales per hectare.
The bottom line is: RD&E is good for your farm – and your business. CRDC exists to help the cotton industry continually improve, which is why we’re investing in research across the full scope of production: pathology, biosecurity, insects and weeds, spray application, insecticides, Bt stewardship, energy use, nutrition, water use efficiency and much more. Importantly, growers play a very important role in advising the CRDC about research priorities through the Cotton Australia research advisory panels.
For more about what we’re currently investing in, and how it benefits you, visit CRDC Research and Development.