Sam has a broad background in soil and water resource management and irrigated agricultural RD&E, with expertise in soil science, irrigation engineering and irrigated crop agronomy. This has allowed a broad understanding of the complexities of irrigated farming systems and the need to integrate soil, water and crop systems to produce financially viable irrigated farm businesses.
Sam lives in Deniliquin, which is a small farming community located at the centre of Australia’s largest irrigation scheme, the Murray Irrigation District. Sam’s close connection with the industries and farming communities in this region has ensured a thorough understanding of the issues besetting irrigated agriculture in the southern Murray-Darling Basin. This understanding has meant his research has been highly relevant to these irrigated farming systems and, as a consequence, has resulted in high adoption rates.
Notable achievements to date include the following:
Sam is currently involved with projects improving the irrigation design and performance of basin systems used by rice and cotton industries; monitoring the effect of long-term irrigation on soil health; and determining key yield constraints and R&D priorities for the irrigated grains industry.
Please refer to Sam North’s Researchgate page.
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