The History of Cotton Seed Distributors

  • 1967

    Formation of Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd (CSD) on 5 April, 1967. The inaugural members of CSD are accepted and Frank Hadley (pictured right, with Paul Kahl) is elected Chair of the CSD Board.

  • 1968

    Richard Williams is elected Chair of the CSD Board.

  • 1971

    Commencement of CSD's relationship with CSIRO, through the significant financial investment towards the formation of a National Cotton Research Centre (which later became the Australian Cotton Research Institute).

  • 1973

    • CSD hosts its first entomology seminar with international speakers.

    • CSD assists in the establishment and funding of Australian Cotton Growers Research Committee.

  • 1980

    Introduction of Sicot varieties.

  • 1983

    CSD completes relocation and officially opens 'Shenstone', Wee Waa.

  • 1985

    Release of the first Siokra variety (also the first bacterial blight resistant variety).

  • 1987

    CSD enters in an agreement with CSIRO to be the exclusive agent for the domestic marketing of their varieties.

  • 1989

    • Richard Williams steps down as Chair of the CSD Board after 21 years, and is replaced by Frank Hadley.

    • CSD holds its first round of grower information meetings.

  • 1990

    • Partnership with CSIRO agreement on variety supplies.

    • Deltapine varieties moved to Pioneer HiBred Australia.

    • CSD commences publishing the results of the Annual Disease Surveys.

  • 1993

    CSD tackles plant disease with the release of two cotton varieties (Siokra V15 and Sicala V-2) bred for their improved tolerance to Verticillium wilt.

  • 1994

    Cotton Seed International formed in order to pursue the protection of CSIRO varieties overseas.

  • 1995

    First international sale of bulk seed.

  • 1996

    CSD varieties containing the first generation of transgenic insect control, Ingard®, are commercially released in Australia.

  • 1997

    John Grellman (pictured) is elected Chair of the CSD Board.

    CSD overhauls seed processing to enhance precision of supply and quality assurance.

  • 2001

    CSD varieties containing the Group M herbicide tolerance trait, Roundup Ready®, are released for commercial use in Australia.

  • 2002

    CSD releases Sicot 71, the first in a family of varieties combining wide regional adaptation, high yield, good fibre quality and high disease tolerance.

  • 2003

    CSD varieties containing the second generation of transgenic insect control technology, Bollgard II®, are released for commercial use in Australia.

  • 2007

    • CSD varieties containing the Group N herbicide tolerance trait, Liberty Link®, are released for commercial use in Australia.

    • Cotton Breeding Australia is formed by CSIRO and CSD.

  • 2008

    James Kahl is elected Chair of the CSD Board.

  • 2010

    Record planting of 599,630ha of cotton, and production at almost four million bales.

  • 2012

    • CSIRO and CSD announce a five-year $35m extension to their existing agreement.

    • CSD, CRDC and Cotton Australia launch a joint extension program, CottonInfo.

  • 2013

    CSIRO analysis shows industry yield improvements of 1b/ha/decade.

  • 2014

    CSD develop 2020 Strategic Plan to achieve the vision of a 2 bale/ha yield improvement, while enhancing current fibre quality.

  • 2016

    • CSD varieties containing the third generation of transgenic insect control, Bollgard® 3, are released for commercial use in Australia, with the three-gene technology making up 95% of the Australian crop in its first season.

    • The industry records its second highest planting on record, approximately 460,000ha.

  • 2017

    • CSD commences redevelopment of 'Shenstone' processing plant and seed treatment facilities.

    • CSD celebrates 50 years of service to the Australian cotton industry.

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