Show simple item record CRDC 2014-02-05T01:04:57Z 2014-02-05T01:04:57Z 2003-11-11
dc.identifier.citation CRDC Annual Report 2002-2003 (hardcopy) en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 1 876354917
dc.identifier.issn 1039-3544
dc.description.abstract Despite a continued grim production outlook, and the expected run down in the Corporation’s reserves as a consequence, the 2002–2003 season has seen some outstanding successes.The yield of lint has further improved, as measured on a per hectare basis as well as a per megalitre basis, and Australia continues to lead the world in this area. Even though some properties experienced lower yields than normal where falling levels of water storages meant water became a limiting factor, other properties achieved simply outstanding yields. These outcomes highlight the effects of improvements in plant breeding and the need for excellent crop management to keep Australia at the forefront of the international industry. However, the industry cannot become complacent. With the introduction of Bollgard IITM and Roundup Ready® Cotton, together with developments in ultra narrow row production and the need to improve water use efficiency even further, the management of the crop on a field and landscape scale will continue to alter quite markedly. This has placed a heavy load on the research and extension community serving cotton and will continue to do so. In terms of its quality, available data suggests that Australian cotton is continuing to compete favourably with other premium growths such as Californian SJV; however, further improvements in micronaire (fineness and maturity) and neps (short, tangled fibres) in particular could help to increase any quality premiums in the future. This is an area targeted for further research when funds permit. During the year, the Corporation continued to maintain international ties. Joint funding by the Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre and the Corporation allowed 23 Australian participants to attend the International Cotton Research Conference in Cape Town in late 2002. The Corporation continued to fund overseas study tours and to work with industry on the issues of world trade liberalisation. The Corporation, as at June 2003, has completed the five years covering its second five year Research and Development Strategic Plan. The Corporation plans to publish a detailed assessment of its performance under this plan. The five-year plan to the year 2008, released in August 2003, has been simplified and, in order to obtain a more integrated approach to research and development, the number of programs has been reduced to six. The strategic framework focuses on achieving economic, environmental and social outcomes for the industry. This reflects a “triple bottom line” approach to planning and implementation reporting. The Corporation has continued to refine its performance indicators to ensure their relevance to the Australian Government’s National Research Priorities and Rural Research and Development Priorities, as well as the Australian Cotton Growers Research Association industry objectives. During the year the Corporation commissioned and accepted the second Environmental Audit of the industry. This assessed the industry’s performance on the recommendations of an audit made for the industry in 1991, and recommended future improvements. The Environmental Audit was presented to stakeholders and the industry at Parliament House on 14 August 2003. Whilst the Corporation is generally pleased with the outcome of the report, there remains much research and extension work to be carried out, particularly in the further development and use of the industry’s Best Management Practice program. The audit found that areas where environmental improvements could be achieved are water management, pest management and pesticide use and waste management. Through the Australian Cotton Industry Council (ACIC), cotton industry organisations are collaborating to develop a strategic plan and action list to address these challenges. The appointment of the Corporation’s new Board was announced by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator the Hon. Judith Troeth, in September 2002. The Corporation owes much to the retiring Board members, Dr. Jim Peacock and Mrs Bobbie Brazil. Dr. Peacock has provided invaluable and untiring professional advice over the life of the Corporation, and Mrs. Brazil has assisted the Corporation to shift the emphasis of its thinking to the longer term and environmental outcomes. Other members of the previous Board were reappointed, together with Ms Kathryn Adams and Dr TJ Higgins, who were formally welcomed at a Board meeting in December 2002.The cotton industry works in a collaborative manner with the Corporation’s work integrated into the industry’s overall activities. Operations for the 2002–03 year are reported in this wider industry context wherever that gives a clearer picture of the role the Corporation is playing. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher CRDC en_US
dc.subject Plant breeding en_US
dc.subject Pest control en_US
dc.subject Genes en_US
dc.subject Industry en_US
dc.subject Research en_US
dc.subject Crop management en_US
dc.subject Farmers en_US
dc.subject Cotton en_US
dc.subject Self management en_US
dc.subject Cotton industry en_US
dc.title CRDC Annual Report 2002-2003 en_US
dc.type Book en_US

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