RICHARDS, Mark

Mark Richards, Agronomist

Research interests

  • The development of winter pulse crops in southern farming systems

Background

Mark Richards became the Pulse Research Agronomist at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute in 2015.

With 25 years of experience in agricultural research with NSW DPI, Mark started his career with the Department as a Technical Assistant on sub clover evaluation in 1989.

In 1992 he moved to Lupin Breeding Program as a Technical Officer. With the closure of the Lupin Breeding Program in 2009, Mark also lead the NSW evaluation node for narrow-leaf lupin improvement in Australia as well as a project evaluating remaining albus breeding program material from the closed NSW Breeding Program until 2015.

He was involved in the release of Goulburn and Riverina sub clover, and numerous lupin varieties, namely Wonga, Jindalee, Quilinock, Jenabillup, Mandelup, PBA Gunyidi, PBA Barlock, PBA Jurien Luxor and Rosetta.

In 2014, he was appointed as a research agronomist on the Southern Irrigated Soybean Agronomy Project and the Southern Node of the Australian Soybean Breeding Program.

Mark’s work requires skills in project management and a capacity to work with a diverse range of stakeholders. He has developed a sound understanding of southern cropping systems by working closely with individual producers, producer groups, advisors and researchers.

Qualifications

Diploma Applied Science (Agriculture), Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education, 1988

Current projects

Mark leads the southern NSW variety evaluation for various National Pulse Breeding Programs, including faba bean, field pea, chickpea and lentil and is also a collaborator on the Southern Pulse Agronomy Project. He is also a collaborator on (GRDC DAW00238), the development of lupin molecular markers tagging yield QTL genes and yield-related phenology traits.

Recent publications

Mark Richards, Eric Armstrong, Luke Gaynor, Neroli Graham and Neil Coombes,Sowing time and variety selection for faba bean in southern NSW’, GRDC Update, Wagga Wagga, February 2016.

Mark Richards, Eric Armstrong, Luke Gaynor, Neroli Graham and Neil Coombes,Agronomy and production of lentil in southern NSW 2016’, GRDC Update, Wagga Wagga, February 2016.

Richards, M., Armstrong, E.L., Gaynor, L., Moore K., Pumpa R. Evans, J.  ‘Faba bean time of sowing - Junee Reefs, NSW 2015’, NSW DPI - Southern NSW research results 2015.

Richards, M., Armstrong, E.L., Gaynor, L., Moore K., Pumpa R. Evans, J.  ‘Faba bean time of sowing - Lockhart, NSW 2015’, NSW DPI - Southern NSW research results 2015

Richards, M., Armstrong, E.L., Gaynor, L., Moore K., Pumpa R. Evans, J.  ‘Faba bean time of sowing - Wagga Wagga, NSW 2015’, NSW DPI - Southern NSW research results 2015

Richards, M., Armstrong, E.L., Gaynor, L., Moore K., Pumpa R. Evans, J.  ‘Chickpea time of sowing - Wagga Wagga, NSW 2015’, NSW DPI - Southern NSW research results 2015

Richards, M., Armstrong, E.L., Gaynor, L., Moore K., Pumpa R. Evans, J.  ‘Chickpea time of sowing - Yenda, NSW 2015’, NSW DPI - Southern NSW research results 2015

Richards, M., Armstrong, E.L., Gaynor, L., Moore K., Pumpa R. Evans, J.  ‘Lentil time of sowing and sowing rate - Wagga Wagga 2015’, NSW DPI - Southern NSW research results 2015

Richards, M., Armstrong, E.L., Gaynor, L., Moore K., Pumpa R. Evans, J.  ‘Lentil time of sowing and sowing rate - Yenda 2015’, NSW DPI - Southern NSW research results 2015

Contact details

Email: mark.richards@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Location: Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute