Our research areas
Find out more about the research areas being studied at BARS.
Soil carbon at Boorowa Agricultural Research Station
By better understanding soil characteristics such soil carbon, we can optimise farm production while reducing the amount of carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere.
Soil moisture at Boorowa Agricultural Research Station
Research at BARS is enabling Australian growers to optimise their tactical and strategic management through understanding and utilising their soil moisture.
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 assists 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.
Our research projects
Just some of the research happening at and benefitting from Boorowa Agricultural Research Station.
Chameleon water sensor
We have developed an accessible system for the world's most vulnerable farmers that notifies them of their crop's soil water levels, and helps them make decisions that significantly boost their crop yields.
PhenoMobile - Tech-enabled phenotyping
PhenoMobile® technology, a non-destructive and ground-based system, enables accurate, timely, and high throughput data acquisition of crop phenotypes.
Our precision agriculture research is addressing key challenges in a range of farming systems, including viticulture, broadacre cropping, dairy and sugar farming. We're working with industry to develop and refine tools to assess, monitor and redress environmental and economic risks associated with agricultural practices.