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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

EOI: Technology to improve field scouting and decision support

Opportunity for

  • Solution providers that use artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate or augment crop scouting activities
  • Solution providers with technology capable of measuring plant growth, soil constraints, disease, weed and pest pressure to inform decision making in broadacre and irrigated farming systems.
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Research partner

  • Express interest by

    Wednesday 13 October 2021

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.
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Cotton

EOI: Re-use textile waste and its potential for composting on farm as a carbon and nutrient source

Opportunity for

  • Solution providers interested in designing a textile composting solution for the cotton industry
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Research partner

  • Express interest by

    Wednesday 13 October 2021

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.
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Cotton

EOI: Validation of soil testing guidelines and critical values for nutrients for the management of modern cotton cultivars

Opportunity for

  • Researchers with cotton plant nutrition expertise
  • Solution providers able to provide novel soil and plant sampling and analysis

 

  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Research partner

  • Express interest by

    Wednesday 13 October 2021

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.
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Cotton

EOI: Benchmarking water use productivity for irrigated and dryland cotton farming systems

Opportunity for

  • Research service providers with data aggregation, analytics and benchmarking capabilities
  • Solution providers with remote sensing, data analytics, technology integration capabilities.
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Research partner

  • Express interest by

    Wednesday 13 October 2021

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.
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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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Cotton

Characteristics of disease suppressive cotton farming systems and soils understood

Soil borne diseases continue to be one of the major constraints to cotton production. This project helps to identify soil biological and physico-chemical elements to quantify disease suppression potential and identify management practices that promote disease suppressive systems. The project is delivering key diagnostics, surveillance, and response
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Start date

    1 Sep 2019

  • Research organisations

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF), The University of Queensland (UQ), University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

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Cotton

Improving grower decision in complex systems: A targeted tool to assist cotton growers in appropriate technology adoption

Adoption choices of appropriate technology and digital systems for a farm business enterprise are often difficult to make given the …
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2019

  • Research organisations

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

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Dairy

More Profit from Nitrogen - Increasing nitrogen use efficiency in dairy pastures

This project aims to increase nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) in dairy pasture systems where direct loss of nitrogen (N) has …
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2016

  • Research organisations

    Dairy Australia, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Logo for More Profit from Nitrogen - Improved nitrogen use efficiency through accounting for deep soil and mineralisable N supply, and
 deployment of Enhanced Efficiency Fertilisers to better match crop N demand
Sugar

More Profit from Nitrogen - Improved nitrogen use efficiency through accounting for deep soil and mineralisable N supply, and deployment of Enhanced Efficiency Fertilisers to better match crop N demand

This project looks at increasing nitrogen (N) use efficiency in sugar. Nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) can be poor, especially after …
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2016

  • Research organisations

    New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), New South Wales Sugar-Milling Cooperative, Southern Cross University (SCU), Sugar Research Australia (SRA)

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Sugar

More Profit from Nitrogen - Smart blended use of enhanced efficiency fertilisers to maximise sugarcane profitability

This project looks at increasing nitrogen (N) use efficiency in sugar. On sugarcane farms, losses of applied N through emissions, …
  • Led by

    Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

  • Start date

    1 Jul 2016

  • Research organisations

    Department of Science Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) [QLD], Farmacist, Griffith University, Herbert Cane Productivity Services Limited (HCPSL), Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) [Qld], Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF), Sugar Research Australia (SRA), T.R.A.P Services

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