Research and development

The NSW Government is committed to investing in research and development to increase productivity and innovation in agriculture.

The following list will be developed as part of the Government's Drought Strategy:

Doppler radar weather stations$25 million in funding to construct and initially operate three new Doppler radar weather stations in the Central West and Far West of the state.

The new Doppler radars will deliver fast, accurate, live weather updates and mean farmers will be able to make more timely business decisions about when to sow seed, harvest crops or move stock; boosting farmers’ productivity and save money.
Enhanced network of weather stations across NSW $2.5 million to work with the Bureau of Meteorology to boost the network of weather stations in NSW. Weather stations have been installed and are operational across NSW to enhance the weather information available.
Multi-peril insurance Commitment to work with the Commonwealth Government and farming communities to develop a commercial multi-peril insurance product for the cropping sector.

The NSW Government engaged IPART to evaluate a series of existing and proposed multi-peril crop insurance incentive measures against IPART’s drought evaluation framework.

DPI research and development

A number of projects underway which will deliver outcomes that support farmers as they adapt their farming operations and business practice to cope with climate conditions, and seasonal variations including drought.

DPI's scientists have been ranked in the top 1 per cent of world research institutions in agricultural science, and plant and animal science.

DPI is focused on building productive partnerships with businesses, industry, research institutions and the community to accelerate opportunities and maximise benefits.

The following list is indicative of some key DPI research projects:

Research projectInformation

Livestock production packages – sheep

This project will help reduce the impact of drought and seasonal variation by providing information on seasonal conditions to help farmers make decisions in seasonal context. Over the course of the project, digital products and training will be made available to deliver high quality information across a range of disciplines including genetics, nutrition, animal health, climate and pasture management.

Performance-based management of ground cover for drought mitigation

This project aims to develop an appropriate framework for the implementation of a regional incentive program for retaining rangeland ground cover in western NSW.

Biophysical and economic impact of adaption options in a changing climate for low rainfall mixed farms

This project will result in improved information on the potential impacts of climate change on low rainfall mixed farms in the Murrumbidgee, Murray and Lachlan Catchment Management Authority areas. The project will also contribute to building climate change impact assessment expertise within DPI.

Evaluating transformative adaptation options for Australian extensive farming systems

This project provides insight into the challenges associated with management substantial land use change and the potential trade-offs that exist between climate adaptation and mitigation.

Improved use of seasonal forecasting to increase farmer profitability

This is a national project which aims to bridge the gap between seasonal climate forecasts and farm business decisions to improve productivity and profitability.

Seasonal conditions reporting

This project delivers monthly State Seasonal Updates containing information on rainfall, water storages, crops, livestock and other issues. The reports are a strategic advisory tool to support farmers' preparedness and resilience. The reports are also used by the Regional Assistance Advisory Committee (RAAC) to trigger the implementation of appropriate drought support strategies.

Resilient cotton-farming systems in irrigated Vertosols: soil quality, carbon and nutrient losses, cotton growth and yield in long-term studies

This project will test the resilience of various cotton cropping systems for their performance during limited water supply.