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.

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We want to understand why some farmers will engage with research and adapt and change and others won't. So we are asking them what are their belief systems, what are their values, what are their histories and experiences that are influencing their decisions today.

News and media from the Soil CRC

Participants Conference Webinars

As is the way for so many at the moment, in lieu of holding our Soil CRC Conference, we are having a series of five webinars....

Soil CRC on VIC Country Hour: Live from Evoke Ag conference

Dr Michael Crawford, speaks about technology and soil health from the EvokeAG conference. ...

Profile: Dr Craig Lobsey

Craig is a mechatronic engineer putting his skills to use in proximal soil sensing. He's leading the Soil CRC project "Novel sen...

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




Cash Contributions


In-Kind Contributions