BARS is a state-of-the-art agricultural research facility near the town of Boorowa in southern NSW.

Official opening and open day

Saturday 9th November 2019, 11.00am - 2.00pm
Boorowa Agricultural Research Station (BARS)
117 Cunningar Road, Boorowa NSW

We'll be celebrating the opening of BARS with activities including an official ceremony, tours of the site, science demonstrations and information, BBQ and activities for kids.

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Boorowa Agricultural Research Station (BARS) is a purpose-built 290 hectare facility that is helping develop Australian farms of the future by testing emerging technologies in crop science, agronomy and farming systems.

Located around 100km northwest of Canberra, BARS replaces CSIRO's Ginninderra Experimental Station, which was established just outside Canberra in 1958.

Research trials get underway at Boorowa Agriculture Research Station

Leading agricultural research

BARS features the latest digital agriculture technologies such as precision agriculture, and remote and non-destructive phenomic crop monitoring. It continues CSIRO's long history in agricultural breeding and genetics, with hundreds of small plots dedicated to the development of new varieties of wheat, canola and grain legumes, as well as pastures. The facility also operates experiments on innovative agronomic strategies such as nutrient management, tillage and stubble management, crop and pasture sequences for mixed-enterprise systems, and sowing times.

BARS makes it possible for CSIRO to conduct long-term farming systems experiments that investigate changes to the soil over time and provide a better understanding of the impact of factors such as soil organic matter and soil acidity on farm profitability.

BARS is assisting CSIRO to deliver on its commitment to increase food production in cropping and livestock systems, improve drought tolerance and disease resistance, and improve nutritional values to meet the challenges of the future.

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Boorowa Agricultural Research Station 2017 site update

CSIRO is grateful for the support of our investment partner, the Grains Research and Development Corporation in helping to develop BARS. This facility is supported by the Science and Industry Endowment Fund .

Purpose built workshops and storage facilities at BARS

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