ORCHARD, Beverley

Beverley Orchard

Research interests

  • Biometrical consultancy
  • Design and analysis of experimental trials
  • Biometrical education


Bev Orchard is a consulting biometrician who joined NSW Department of Primary Industries* in 1995 and is located at Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute. Currently she is involved in the design and analysis of scientific trials in a variety of research areas. In addition, she has experience in the design and delivery of biometrical training courses.

She has a background in mathematics, statistics and computing education having worked as a teacher (secondary level and TAFE) and as a Learning Centre consultant/adviser and lecturer (TAFE and University).


  • B Arts – University of New England (1975)
  • B Arts (Hons) – University of New England (1976)
  • Dip Ed – University of New England (1977)
  • Grad Dip App Sci (Computing) – Charles Sturt University (1993)
  • M Sc Stud (Statistics) – University of New England (1999)

Current projects

Analysis of data relating to:

  • Modelling crop coefficients and evapotranspiration for cotton production
  • Pasture responses to fertiliser on topographically variable landscapes
  • Nitrogen rate and timing of application effects on rice production
  • Modelling levels of resistance in the wheat pathogen Septoria
  • Canola establishment and seed size

Recent publications

Brill RD, Jenkins LM, Gardner MJ, Lilley JM, Orchard BA, (2016)  Optimising canola establishment and yield in south-eastern Australia with hybrids and large seed, Crop & Pasture Science,  Volume 67, pp. 409-418.

Milgate A, Adorada D, Orchard B, (2016) First report of resistance to DMI fungicides in Australian populations of the Wheat Pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici, Plant Disease, February 2016, Volume 100, Number 2, page 522.

Orgill SE, Condon JR, Kirkby CA, Orchard BA, Conyers MK, Greene RSB, and Murphy BW, Soil with high organic carbon concentration continues to sequester carbon, Geoderma, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016706116305328

O’Keeffe PA, Orchard DJ, Orchard BA, Piltz JW, Clayton EH, (2015)  Native Australian shrub legume species may provide an alternative feed source for livestock. Animal Production Science, 55, pp 1090-1096.

Reynolds OL and Orchard BA, (2015)  Roving and stationery release of adult sterile Queensland fruit fly, Bactrocera tryoni (Froggatt) (Diptera; Tephritidae), Crop Protection, Volume 76, pp24-32.

Professional associations and activities

  • Member of Statistical Society of Australia Inc.
  • Researcher ID No. 0-1187-2016

Fields of research

  • 010404 Applied Statistics

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Biometry
  • Smoothing splines
  • REML

Contact details

Email: beverley.orchard@dpi.nsw.gov.au