MCMASTER, Colin

Colin McMaster, Agronomist

Research interests

  • Crop water use efficiency
  • Summer-fallow management
  • Crop nutrition
  • General dryland broadacre farming systems research

Background

Colin McMaster joined NSW DPI in 2005 as a Healthy Soils, Healthy Landscapes Project Officer and has held positions as the Farming Systems Agronomist and the District Agronomist (Forbes).

In his current position as a Research and Development Agronomist at the Cowra Agricultural Research Station, Col conducts research and facilitates development and delivery of research outcomes that enhance the productivity of dryland cropping systems for the farming enterprises of NSW.

His recent achievements include demonstrating that summer-weed control is a consistent key driver to increase crop water use efficiency and profitability in southern NSW cropping systems, and the development of research results that helped growers and advisors base fertiliser decisions on science when selecting alternative fertiliser sources.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor Farm Management, Sydney University, 2003
  • BSc (Agronomy), Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, 2011

Current projects

  • Optimised Canola Profitability
  • Farming Systems to Improve Crop Tolerance to Frost
  • Variety Specific Agronomy Packages
  • More Profit from Crop Nutrition

Recent publications

McMaster, C 2014, ‘Alternative phosphorus fertiliser trial’, West Wyalong and Griffith GRDC Grains Research Update for Growers, July, 2014, GRDC.

McMaster, C & Graham, N 2014, ‘Summer weeds reduce moisture and nitrogen losses’, West Wyalong and Griffith GRDC Grains Research Update for Growers, July,2014, GRDC.

McMaster, C & Martin, P 2013, ‘Residual impact of last year’s ‘unused’ nitrogen fertiliser’, GRDC Update for Growers, Forbes, 30 July, GRDC.

McMaster, C & Martin, P 2013, ‘Wheat time of sowing trial–Forbes NSW’, 2013 Forbes/Cowra spring field day booklet.

McMaster, C & Martin, P 2013, ‘Wheat variety x nitrogen rate trial–Forbes NSW’, 2013 Forbes/Cowra spring field day booklet.

McMaster, C & Martin, P 2013, ‘Canola variety x time of sowing x seeding rate trial–Forbes NSW’, 2013 Forbes/Cowra spring field day booklet.

McMaster, C & Martin, P 2013, ‘Canola variety x nitrogen x fertiliser placement–Forbes NSW’, Forbes/Cowra spring field day booklet.

Haskins, BJ & McMaster, CL 2012, ‘Summer fallow management in 2010 across Central West NSW’, Capturing Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles in Australian Agronomy: Proceedings Australian Agronomy the 16th Conference, University of New England in Armidale, NSW 14–18 October, 2012, Australian Society of Agronomy:www.regional.org.au/au/asa/2012/soil-water-management/8114_haskinsbj.htm, viewed 9 Dec 2014.

McMaster, C, Motley, K & McRae, M 2011, ‘Summer fallows and their management for improved winter crop production’, Central West Farming Systems Research Compendium, Central West Farming Systems, NSW, Australia.

McMaster, C,  Motley, K 2011, ‘Evaluation of summer fallows during the 2007/08 summer fallow period in the Parkes & Forbes districts’, Central West Farming Systems Research Compendium, Central West Farming Systems, NSW, Australia.

McMaster, C, Motley, K & McRae, M 2011, ‘Summer fallow management effects on soil moisture for winter crops’, Central West Farming Systems Research Compendium, Central West Farming Systems, NSW, Australia.

Professional associations and activities

Member of the GRDC Medium Rainfall Crop Solutions Network

Contact details

Email: colin.mcmaster@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Location: Cowra Agricultural Research Station