A sustainable future is currently a modern focus in Agriculture and Horticulture. The ability to reduce waste and increase production yield, whilst decreasing production costs, is a fundamental practice for the future of Australian Primary Industry farming and produce.
A relatively modern progressive concept to achieve this sustainability concept is the practice of ‘Cotton Farming in Australia’.
‘Integrated Pest Management’, is another fundamental practise, using crop rotation planting and vegetation management best practices or ‘Sustainable Living’ where recycling is paramount.
‘Irrigation’ in Australia is a much talked about and political issue that affects the whole Industry and population of Australia.
The first part of the students task was to introduce the concept of Cotton planting and Irrigation detailing the variations and stating its benefits and disadvantages.
The distribution area of Cotton in Australia
Describe some of the locations weather averages and rainfall averages
Overland flow & water storages
What are some of the impacts when growing cotton?
Understand the relationship between cotton and water
Investigating the water needs of cotton and understanding the benefits of irrigation.
Compare and examine the use of irrigation water by other agricultural industries.
Sustainable water use on a cotton farm.
Discuss the advantages/disadvantages of the cotton industry and whether it can be sustainable.
Genetics in Cotton
What research has been, or is being undertaken and some benefits of this now and into the future. This can also include Integrated Pest Management and the Genetic makeup of cotton
The second part of their report was to research in a specialised area such as to;
Investigate the field to fabric process in Australia, Briefs to bottom, genes to jeans, dirt to shirt.
Past, Present and future of cotton production in Australia, The History of Cotton
Cotton Laboratory – Why research is important in farming?
My farming heroes – people to look up to in the cotton industry
The following screenshots provide examples of the Year 11 Reports