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CRDC-logoCRDC: science underpinning the cotton industry’s success

The Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) invests in research, development and extension projects for the Australian cotton industry. A partnership between the Commonwealth Government and the Australian cotton industry, CRDC exists to support the performance of the cotton industry: helping to increase both the productivity and profitability of growers.

CRDC is funded through a research and development (R&D) levy, which all growers pay (the levy equates to $2.25 for each 227 kilogram bale of cotton), with the Government matching the funds dollar-for-dollar. Over the past 24 years, more than $200 million has been invested in cotton R&D by growers and the Government – and it is estimated that the return on investment for growers is $7 in benefits for every $1 invested.

This year, growers and the Government will co-invest $20.6 million into cotton R&D. Two of the greatest success stories for the cotton industry – water use efficiency and pesticide use reduction – are the result of R&D, but the successes do not stop there. Research is currently being conducted across the full scope of cotton production: pathology, biosecurity, insects and weeds, spray application, insecticides, Bt stewardship, energy use, nutrition and water use efficiency. There is work constantly underway to make cotton more productive, and profitable, for Australian cotton growers – both irrigated and raingrown.

Importantly, connecting growers with this research is also a key focus for the CRDC, who are joint partners with Cotton Australia and CSD in the industry extension program, CottonInfo.

For more, contact CRDC on 02 6792 4088 or visit the website