The latest research into climate change, nitrogen and water use efficiency were on the agenda at this year’s Cotton Collective in Griffith.
The event brought more than 600 people from the industry together for a series of well-received speaker sessions, panel forums and trade show. This year included new product demonstrations and talks from growers on technology and automation. It was also a chance to hear more about Cotton Australia’s Cotton to Market program and the Better Cotton Initiative.
The trade show attracted around 170 exhibitors who packed the exhibition area, while a comprehensive line up of speakers for the forum on water and irrigation attracted around 400 people on day one.
There were a number of pre-collective events, including the joint CRDC and Cotton Australia board meeting and a local district tour organised by the Southern Valleys CGA and CottonInfo. The Riverina is a hotbed of agricultural diversity, with the tour visiting local farming enterprises that have state-of-the-art irrigation systems and produce a variety of commodities, including almonds, fish, forestry, olives and prunes.
The line-up of speakers included the CRDC-supported Dr Katie Broughton from CSIRO, who provided an overview of the glasshouse and field experiments that are underway looking at how the physiology of cotton plants is affected by different environmental conditions. Dr Dio Antille, CSIRO then presented on research around nitrogen use efficiency under the CRDC-led More Profit from Nitrogen project.
Talking climate were CottonInfo Energy and Climate Technical Lead Jon Welsh who shared his knowledge on what’s new in energy technologies and how cheap solar power can help in a future cotton system. Professor Mark Howden from the ANU Climate Change Institute presented on climate change research and provided an outlook on the effects of global warming.