Managing livestock feed sustainably
CSIRO has worked with researchers, advisors and farmers to identify principles for sustainably managing the food fed to livestock on mixed cropping/grazing farms. Farmers now have access to better information to manage their feedbase to achieve better profits, healthier natural resources and social factors.
Cropping Bangladesh’s rabi season
Bangladesh consumes more than twice the wheat it grows, and importing the shortfall is eating into its foreign currency reserves – but researchers have identified potential for large increases in production.
Predicting crop yield
CSIRO and the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) are working together to develop and support Yield Prophet®, a web-based decision-support tool for grain growers. Yield Prophet® is built on the farming systems model APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems Simulator).
Scanning forests for their carbon secrets
Researchers at CSIRO have been scanning trees (in this case, Jeffrey pine trees in the United States of America) with ground-based laser scanning technology (called ECHIDNA) to estimate how much plant material forests have. (0:58)
The Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program
CSIRO is helping to understand, monitor and manage Australia's landscapes and soil resources. The Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Partnership, a collaboration with many agencies, provides a hub for data and information on Australian soil and land resources.
CSIRO National Soil Archive
The CSIRO National Soil Archive is Australia's primary resource for conserving soil specimens and making them accessible for future research.
Life cycle assessment
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is an internationally accepted method of evaluating the environmental impacts of processes, products and activities. Researchers within CSIRO are using LCA across a range of projects and industries.
Closing the phosphorus-efficiency gap
Ways to reduce the costs of phosphorus fertiliser use on farms – critical for sustaining high agricultural production in many Australian farming systems – have been identified in a new suite of journal papers.
Reducing Australia's greenhouse emissions
To avoid dangerous climate change, the world needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This calls for broad-based action, and in Australia CSIRO is developing practical technologies to reduce emissions in the industry, agriculture, transport and energy sectors.