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Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) delivers outcomes in cotton research, development and extension (RD&E) for the Australian cotton industry.

A partnership between the Commonwealth Government and cotton growers, CRDC invests in world-leading RD&E to benefit Australia’s dynamic cotton industry, and the wider community. We invest in innovation and transformative technologies to deliver impact, and as an organisation we are ambitious, agile, and adaptive.

Cotton is a major contributor to the economic, environmental and social fabric of rural Australia. The industry’s national exports generate an average of $1.9 billion in annual revenue, and the industry is a major employer in rural and regional communities. The industry continues to go through a period of geographic growth: in recent years, cotton has expanded from its predominate growing base in NSW and QLD to VIC, and commercial trials are also underway in the NT and WA.

Our aim is to create $2 billion in additional gross value of cotton production by 2023. To help achieve this, Australian cotton growers and the Commonwealth Government will co-invest $18.7 million through CRDC into cotton RD&E during 2020-21, across approximately 300 projects and in collaboration with around 100 research partners. Read more about our investments here.

We are based in Narrabri NSW (one of the major centres of cotton growing in Australia), and have satellite offices in Emerald, Toowoomba and Brisbane.

Cotton

AgTech applications could revolutionise the cotton farming industry

Researchers at Monash University are applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and game-design practices to reduce spray drift from agricultural pesticides, minimising the negative impact on neighbouring crops and wildlife.

  • Led by
    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)
  • In collaboration with
    Monash University
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Cotton Research and Development Corporation – powering innovation in 2021

Over the years, cotton has been a major presence in the Australian farming and export industries. Accounting for up to 60% of the agricultural output in regions in which it is grown, the Australian cotton industry exports around $2 billion worth of cotton each year to China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Turkey and Thailand. 

Simply put, cotton is big business. 

Commercial Opportunity

Spray drift warning system a step closer to implementation

Minimising spray drift is a high priority for Australian agriculture, with the grains and cotton industries joining to develop a hazardous weather warning system to provide real-time weather data and alerts to growers and spray operators.

  • Led by
    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)
  • In collaboration with
    Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
Agritech

New app to stop little cotton pests flying under the radar

Near impossible to identify and count with the naked eye, silverleaf whitefly has increased in prevalence in recent years.

 

To make identification easier, University of Southern Queensland researchers Dr Alison McCarthy and Dr Derek Long, in collaboration with Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries researcher Dr Paul Grundy, are developing a new artificial intelligence smartphone app with funding from the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.

  • Led by
    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)
  • In collaboration with
    Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland (DAFQ)

Commercial opportunities

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Cotton

In-field cotton pest counting software

Opportunity for

  • Software companies interested in commercialising products and services for field crop production systems
  • Crop protection businesses interested in commercialising new products and services
  • Robotics / drone platform companies interested in new in-field measuring opportunities
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Joint venture

  • Readiness
    Late (TRL 8-9)
    Commercial optimisation of the product/service, testing and commercial distribution.

Research projects

Other research projects
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Multiple industries

More Profit from Nitrogen: NUE case studies

This project is evaluating the economic impact of the adoption of new or improved practices resulting from the research undertaken …
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Start date

    26 Apr 2021

  • Research organisation

    AgEcon

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Cotton

NRM R&D Manager (including cottoninfo technical lead)

This project will continue to explore innovative ways to both encourage continuous improvement in the management of natural areas and …
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2020

  • Research organisation

    StaceyVogel Consulting

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Cotton

Defoliating cotton in an increasingly difficult environment

Defoliating cotton has increased in difficulty over the years with a growing number of passes and increased rates often required …
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2021

  • Research organisation

    Independent Consultants Australia Network (ICAN)

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Cotton

SLW App commercialisation and development

Silverleaf whitefly (SLW) numbers can be difficult to monitor, due to their small size and mobility. This pest has increased …
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2021

  • Research organisation

    A Clevvi Technology

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