BURCH, David

Research and development agronomist – broadacre cropping

Research interests

  • Broadacre cropping agronomy in low rainfall regions
  • Cereal phenology
  • Climate change in broadacre cropping


David Burch joined NSW DPI in 2015 in the Plant Systems division of the Dryland Southern Cropping Unit as a research agronomist. Previously David worked with DPI Victoria where he conducted several research projects assessing wheat responses to salinity, disease, heat and drought stress. He also managed experimental trials on genetically modified wheat and canola varieties.

David has led a large barley agronomy research project spanning four research organisation and three states, and since then has led the central west node for wheat and barley phenology research projects. He also serves as a technical specialist in the effects of climate change on broadacre winter cropping with the soil and water, and climate units.

David is currently institute director of the Condobolin Agricultural Research Station, coordinating wheat and barley agronomy field experiments in dryland areas and researching the vulnerability of broadacre cropping to climate change.


  • Master of Environmental Policy, University of Melbourne, 2006
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science, Monash University, 2003

Current projects

Recent publications


Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Abiotic stress
  • Barley
  • Climate change
  • Phenology
  • Wheat

Contact details

Email: david.burch@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 6895 1025, 0439 798 336
Location: Condobolin Agricultural Research and Advisory Station, Condobolin NSW 2877