"Birds Fly Across the Reflective Waters of An On-Farm Storage", by Jamie Condon

Climate variability and climate change have become national and international issues. Australia’s cotton growers deal with climate every day and it dictates a lot about a farmer’s daily life.

Australia’s climate is inherently variable but specific climate change impacts are predicted to include increases in temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide, decreases in rainfall and increased frequency of extreme weather events.

Adapting to greater climate variability will be a challenge for Australia’s cotton growers into the future, but the reality is the cotton industry is a very small emitter of greenhouse gasses.

  • Agriculture’s share of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions is 16%.
  • Cotton growing produces less than 0.3% of Australian agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

As good environmental stewards, cotton growers and the cotton industry’s research sector is working to find ways to reduce the industry’s impacts on climate change.  This can best be done through greater efficiencies including:

  • Nitrogen use efficiency
  • Alternative sources of nitrogen such as ‘green manure’ legume crops
  • Nitrogen loss inhibitors
  • Avoiding waterlogging
  • Soil management
  • Energy use efficiency