Climate Challenges and Cotton

Cotton Australia

Type: Factsheet
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

Cotton growers, like other farmers, depend on the natural environment and the weather to produce their crop.  The industry is proud of its commitment to sustainability and responsible production, and this is driven by a sustained effort in research, development and extension

What is the problem?

Climate change that is stemmed from excess emissions of greenhouse gases from factories, machines and any other sources greatly affects the agricultural production of the industry. As a corollary, the Australian cotton industry ensures quality production while efficiently managing and limiting the greenhouse gases emissions from their farms.

This fact sheet provides the evidence of their best efforts to provide awareness and act as a model for other cotton industry across the globe.

What did the research involve?

The research involved the available information about the efforts of Australian cotton industry to control and help the government in climate change management.

What were the key findings?

● Because of the Australian cotton industry’s extensive efforts in research, development, and extension, it ensured the access and connection to the climate and its management latest information.

● They accumulate to government efforts and limit the emissions of greenhouse gases because of its 0.16%-0.29% emission. This emission rate is due to the fact that cotton plants store more carbon than is released from production inputs.

● Australian cotton industry continuously reduced greenhouse gas emissions, developed drought-resilient landscapes and improved the more carbon storage through maximized major inputs efficiency used in cotton growing; utilizing alternative sources of nitrogen; carrying out practices to improve soil health; minimized machinery operations; using renewable and alternative energy sources and fuels; and managing native vegetation and riparian areas on farm.

● Carbon footprint calculator for cotton farms and tailored information and decision support tools are some of the effective tools for growers.

Final comment

With the powerful history of Australian cotton industry in adapting to latest opportunities instead of viewing it as a disadvantage in regards to any unfavorable factors such as climate change, the Australian growers are now able to develop efficient and flexible farming systems to cope with these setbacks.

2016 - Australia - Cotton Australia
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