Industry Resources for Teachers

Cotton Australia has recognised an increasing demand from teachers and students for information resources produced for the cotton industry (farmers and researchers). Rather than have teachers trawl through the web, we have brought these resources together on one handy page.

Please note that the Cotton Education Kit is the primary information resource recommended as a starting point for teachers and secondary students.

Australian Grown Cotton Sustainability Report 2014
What: Cotton Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) have been working together to ensure the Australian cotton industry is a global leader in sustainable agriculture. The Australian cotton industry is committed to sustainability and continuous improvement. This is its first sustainability report prepared according to the principles and framework of the Global Reporting Initiative for Sustainability Reporting (G4 version). In preparing the report the industry has considered more than 100 sustainability indicators, reviewed the literature and international frameworks, and consulted stakeholders.
Australian Curriculum: Geography, the Sciences
Publisher: Cotton Australia and the CRDC
 

Think like a Cotton Plant
What: This short scientific magazine article was written under the premise that to really understand the cotton plant’s response to its environment and production inputs, we need to understand what life is like from the cotton plants perspective. The paper explains that what the cotton plant wants, is not always in line with what the growers want. A quirky way to look at development of the cotton plant.
Australian Curriculum: Science
Publisher: National Cotton Council of America


 

The Australian Cotton Water Story
What: This publication (large PDF) brings together a snapshot of the breadth of cotton water related research and development done on cotton plants, fields, farms, catchments and communities.  It provides a practical insight into how the 40% increase in cotton water productivity has been achieved over the last decade. Chapters include benchmarking water use efficiency in the Australian cotton industry and a decade of change in water productivity.
Australian Curriculum: Geography, the Sciences
Publisher: Compiled and produced by the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC (2005–12) for the Australian Cotton Industry by the The Australian Cottongrower magazine.
 


The Australian Cotton Production Manual
What: This is a publication about cotton production practices. It includes sections on the cotton industry; cotton plant and its physiology; cotton production; cotton for profit; better farming futures; cotton for the customer and the business of cotton.
Australian Curriculum: This is a valuable resource explaining how food and fibre is produced in dynamic and interactive systems in the years 7 & 8 technologies curriculum, particularly about how fibre is produced in a sustainable way. This is helpful for the study of cotton in biological sciences in the year 9 curriculum and also a resource for Economics and Business studies in years 7 & 8.
Publisher: CottonInfo



Pests and Beneficials in Australian Cotton Landscapes
What: This is a guide about integrated pest management. It includes sections on pest management principles and practices; pest identification; beneficial insect identification and the role of native vegetation as part of pest management.
Australian Curriculum: This is a valuable resource investigating how characteristics and properties of resources can be combined when designing and producing designed solutions fit for purpose in the year 9 and 10 technologies curriculum. It is also valuable for exploring interactions between organisms in ecosystems in the year 9 science curriculum.
Publisher: Cotton Catchment Communities CRC

 

Cotton Symptoms Guide
What: This is a guide to symptoms of diseases and disorders in Australian cotton. It includes sections on symptoms; diseases; bio-security threats; herbicides; insect damage; soils and their constraints; environmental symptoms; nutrition deficiency and cotton surveying.
Australian Curriculum: This is a valuable resource investigating how characteristics and properties of resources can be combined when designing and producing designed solutions fit for purpose in the year 9 and 10 technologies curriculum. It is also valuable considering people’s use of scientific evidence to evaluate claims, explanations or predictions in the year 9 science curriculum.
Publisher: Cotton Catchment Communities CRC

Cotton Pest Management Guide
What: 
A pest management guide for cotton farmers. It includes sections on insects; weeds; diseases; cotton growth regulation and defoliants; bio-security; pesticide application; and myBMP - a web-based management system.
Australian Curriculum: This is a valuable resource investigating how characteristics and properties of resources can be combined when designing and producing designed solutions fit for purpose in the year 9 and 10 technologies curriculum. It is also valuable for exploring interactions in ecosystems and considering people’s use of scientific evidence to evaluate claims, explanations or predictions in the year 9 science curriculum.
Publisher: CottonInfo Team


WeedPak
What: This is a guide for integrated management of weeds, weed identification, herbicide resistance, Roundup Ready Cotton, farm hygiene, best practice management guidelines, crop rotations, and herbicide drainage.
Australian Curriculum: This is a valuable resource investigating how characteristics and properties of resources can be combined when designing and producing designed solutions fit for purpose in the year 9 and 10 technologies curriculum. It is also explores interactions in ecosystems and considering people’s use of scientific evidence to evaluate claims, explanations or predictions in the year 9 science curriculum.
Publisher: Cotton Catchment Communities CRC


NUTRIpak - a practical guide to cotton nutrition
What: This is a guide to cotton nutrition. It includes sections on basic cotton nutrition; Nitrogen; Phosphorus; Potassium; soil sampling and analysis; leaf and petiole analysis; soil fertiliser requirements; water logging and stubble retention.
Australian Curriculum: This is a valuable resource investigating how characteristics and properties of resources can be combined when designing and producing designed solutions fit for purpose in the year 9 and 10 technologies curriculum. It is also valuable for considering people’s use of scientific evidence to evaluate claims, explanations or predictions in the year 9 science curriculum and for investigating how chemistry can be used to produce a range of useful substances such nutritional supplements for cotton in the year 10 science curriculum.
Publisher: Cotton Catchment Communities CRC

FibrePak: From seeds to good shirts
What: This is a guide to improving cotton fibre quality. It includes sections on the history of cotton fibre use; fibre biology; textile production; yarn production; the importance of fibre quality; crop management for improved fibre quality; pre-sowing; post-harvest management; and the spinning process to produce yarn.
Australian Curriculum: This is a valuable resource investigating how characteristics and properties of resources can be combined when designing and producing designed solutions fit for purpose in the year 9 and 10 technologies curriculum. It is also valuable for considering people’s use of scientific evidence to evaluate claims, explanations or predictions in the year 9 science curriculum.
Uses: This could be integrated into teaching sequences supporting Australian Curriculum content or it could form the source materials of a challenge where learners are asked to create a solution for a real-world issue with cotton fibre quality.

Fishes on Australian Cotton Farms
What: This a guide to native fish and habitat management for North-West NSW.
Publisher: State of New South Wales through Industry and Investment NSW and Cotton Catchment Communities CRC (2009)

 

 

 

 

 

Birds on Australian Cotton Farms
What: A guide to common species and habitat management
Publisher: Cotton Catchment Communities CRC

 

 

 

 


 

Farming for the 21st Century Elective 1 research study on the implementation of an agricultural biotechnology
What: This research allows HSC students and teachers of stage 6 agriculture t  analyse a research study of the development and/or implementation of one agricultural biotechnology in terms of: design of the study, methodology of the study, collection of data for the study, presentation of data, analysis of the data , conclusions and recommendations. 
Publisher: The research title is ‘Comparing Invertebrate Communities in Transgenic BT and Conventional Cotton’. It was written by Louise Lawrence, Mary Whitehouse, Lewis Wilson and Gary Fitt and published in Outlooks on Pest Management in October, 2005. The article is reproduced by permission of Research Information Ltd. See website www.pestoutlook.com. It is also rewritten for schools with permission of the researcher.