CRC for High Performance Soils

The Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) is bringing together scientists, industry and farmers to find practical solutions for Australia’s underperforming soils.

Underperforming agricultural soils cost Australian farmers billions of dollars in lost revenue each year.

The CRC aims to enable farmers to increase their productivity and profitability by providing them with knowledge and tools to improve the performance of their soils.

The Soil CRC is the biggest collaborative soil research effort in Australia’s history.

The approach to research is multi-disciplinary. The Cooperative Research Centre coordinates research across a range of disciplines including social science, economics, biology, chemistry, agronomy and soil science.

The Soil CRC has 40 participants that along with the Australian Government contribute $167 million to the CRC through both cash and in-kind contributions.

The Soil CRC has funding until 2027.


2019 Year in Review

2019 was a big year for Soil CRC as we move into a new phase of operations, focusing on our main priority – research.

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The Soil CRC is delivering on soil research, with more projects announced and a new major partner.

News and media from the Soil CRC

Soil carbon - if it is cheaper to measure, will it increase faster?

Reducing soil carbon measurement costs and saying it will increase soil carbon sequestration is like saying “get a better stopwa...

The impact of age on farmer behaviours

The Surveying Farm Practices team has been digging deeper into the results of their survey in north central Victoria to examine wh...

GRDC co-invests in Soil CRC calcareous soils project

The Soil CRC has announced a $4 million project with co-investment from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to ...

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4 State agencies
8 Universities
8 Industry partners
20 Farmer groups
Years Funding




Cash Contributions


In-Kind Contributions