Ian Menz

Research interests

  • Cropping systems within the central region to improve farm profitibility NSW
  • Promoting the role of pulses and break crops within the cropping rotations


In the 16 years that Ian Menz worked with NSW DPI’s Barely Breeding Project based at Wagga Wagga, he gained extensive experience in plot trials, and conducting trials in early generation material through to varieties on the point of release.

He has three years experience in barley agronomy with the Southern Barley Agronomy Project. During this time he led the Southern NSW Node of the Project—conducting seed rate, time of sowing and nutrient trials.

Ian’s long-term research and development work on barley has led him to be recognised as an industry expert on varieties, culminating in the authorship of ‘Australia Barley Varieties – A Reference Guide’ for Barley Australia.

He also worked for three years in pulse agronomy while based at Wagga Wagga, where he conducted trials evaluating pulse agronomy, varieties and pulse pathology.

Ian was appointed District Agronomist based at Condobolin in 2010.

Ian was appointed Research and Development Agronomist based at Condobolin Agricultural Research and Advisory Station in 2013.

Ian is currently involved with a number of research project conducting Canola and Pulse agronomy and VSAP wheat agronomy trials.


  • Bachelor Agriculture, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, 2009

Current projects

  • Optimising Canola Profitability
  • Management of Barley and Barley Cultivars for the Southern Region
  • Variety Specific Agronomy Packages for NSW
  • Expending the Use of Pulses in Southern Region

Recent publications

Graham, R, Menz, I, Moody, N, Graham, N, 2014, ‘New and potential malting barley variety update and agronomic developments’, GRDC Research Update for Advisors – Temora, Feb 2014, pp. 181–190, GRDC.

Fettell, N, Menz,  I, Hunt, J , Swan, A , Breust, P , Kirkegaard, J & Peoples, M, ‘Sheep on cropping country–how much damage do they do?’, GRDC Update Paper:

Menz, I 2010, Australian barley varieties: a reference guide, Barley Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.

Matthew, PW, Armstrong, EL, Lisle, CJ, Menz, ID, Shephard, PL & Armstrong, BC 2008, ‘The effect of faba bean plant population on yield, seed quality and plant architecture under irrigation in southern NSW’, Global Issues, Paddock Action: Proceedings 14th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, 21–25 Sept, Australian Society of Agronomy.

Menz,I, Graham, N, Moody, N, Graham, R, ‘ Compass and LaTrobe, a look at agronomic performance in Central NSW. Poster for the Barley Technical Symposium, Sydney 2015

Menz, I, Brill, R, & Reardon, D, ‘Improving efficiency of stored water use in canola’, Poster for Brassica Conference Melbourne Vic. 2016

Professional associations and activities

  • Member of the Organising Committee for the 2015 Australian Barley Technical Symposium, Manly
  • Representative for the South Eastern Barley Advisory Council
  • NSW Representative of the Australian Barley Forum

Contact details

Location: Condobolin Agricultural Research and Advisory Station