• arrow-up Output $249m est. Down 71% yoy.
  • Australian cotton exports to China remained strong at $611 millionx.
  • Global stocks to increase by an estimated 24% year on year.

Australian Cotton Research Institute, Narrabri

The Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI) is owned by DPI and is located between Narrabri and Wee Waa in the centre of one of NSW's main cotton production areas. The facilities are shared with the CSIRO Agriculture and Food.

Research at the ACRI has played a key role in the development of cotton in NSW and Queensland. Scientists at ACRI are assisting the cotton industry to develop a sustainable future based on productivity and best practice natural resource, disease and pest management.

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Improved water productivity in the cotton industry

Research conducted by the DPI Soil and Water team shows a continual improvement in water productivity in the Australian cotton industry.

This has been part of a national collaborative project with the Cotton Research & Development Corporation (CRDC) where DPI completed a study on the improvements in water productivity in the cotton industry over recent decades.

Less water required to produce cotton is the result of improved irrigation efficiency by reducing evaporation and seepage during storage and transmission.

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Improving cotton nitrogen use efficiency

Cotton harvesting was underway at the Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI), Narrabri in June 2020.

DPI researchers are in the final year of a sub-project of the More Profit from Nitrogen cotton research project, investigating management strategies to improving cotton nitrogen use efficiency.

This research is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as a part of its Rural R&D for Profit program, Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) and NSW DPI.

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