World-class research for Queensland's cropping sector

Central Queensland is an important agricultural production region, contributing significantly to the state’s $19 billion agricultural industry. It experiences significantly warm and dry weather, similar to that of Northern Australia, with the impacts of climate change presenting further complexities.

The Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre is a flagship innovation facility. It focuses on the unique climate of the region. The centre brings together research, development, and extension (RD&E) in areas like farming systems, agronomy, crop innovation and plant protection.

Enhanced by the latest innovations in AgTech and data sciences, the centre will deliver world-class research for Queensland's cropping sector.

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Collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of our work, bringing together a rich network of organisations to build an AgTech ecosystem focussed on future farming systems for a variable climate.

Co-collaborators may include:

About the Smart Cropping Centre

Developing the centre will take a ‘for industry, by industry’ approach.

A co-design process with key stakeholders will help us understand what will best serve the sector.

The Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre aims to deliver:

  • research efficiency and objectivity coupled with AI-driven insights
  • evaluation of technology to design new and transformed farming systems
  • co-design of new technologies in collaboration with AgTech companies
  • extension that supports adoption ‘on-ramps’ for different levels of producers’ readiness.

The Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre Emerald site was formerly known as the Emerald Agriculture College. The four-year development of the Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre began in late 2021.

Integrated farming system solutions

The centre will focus on integrated farming system solutions that incorporate data science and engineering to help capture, manage, manipulate and leverage data to make better, smarter decisions.

Together with industry and research partners, we will develop solutions to enhance productivity, sustainability, resilience, and agility in Central Queensland’s variable climate.

Read the media announcement about the redevelopment of the Emerald Research Facility as a major hub for agricultural research.

Data-driven outcomes

The centre will focus on RD&E outcomes underpinned by data science and engineering to capture, manage, manipulate and leverage information to make better, smarter decisions.

Together with industry and research partners, we will deliver RD&E that enhances productivity, sustainability, resilience, and agility in Central Queensland’s variable climate.

Integrated farming solutions

Our focus on farming systems will cross the cotton, grains, pulses and horticulture (citrus) sectors across a number of thematic areas such as:

  • climate-adaptive cropping systems
  • market-integrated productions systems
  • automation-ready farming systems
  • sustainable and resilient cropping systems.

Read the media announcement about the redevelopment of the Emerald Research Facility as a major hub for agricultural research.

Our funding

The Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre is a Department of Agriculture and Fisheries initiative. It is funded by the Queensland Government.

Contact

If you have any questions or feedback, email cqscc@daf.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 01 Nov 2022