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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Drought and compaction can be big issues for soil. Understanding your soil's resilience to these constraints could make a significant difference when managing them.

News and media from the Soil CRC

Project Update: New products for subsoil constraints

The project team has made significant progress in developing new organic-based gypsum and lime products....

Seeing the bigger picture: From fungi to regenerative agriculture

It took Dr Gwen Grelet a little while before she discovered her passion for ecology and how various types of living creatures are ...

Future proofing our soils

New research from the Soil CRC is showing how we can naturally care for the fragile soils of Australia, the mainstay for our food,...

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




Cash Contributions


In-Kind Contributions