John Smith is a Research Officer within the Water and Irrigation team based at Yanco Agricultural Institute. John has over 20 years of research and extension experience in irrigated farming systems in southern NSW and southern QLD.
John has spent much of his time in the Murray Valley working as Technical Officer managing rice trials in the southern production areas for projects based at Yanco. In 2009 John completed a Master of Philosophy looking at factors that influence the screening of rice varieties for low temperature tolerance. John also worked as Barham District Agronomist where a major focus of his work was investigating options for the best use of the limited water resource. During this time he was also involved with a project in Laos investigating the application of Ricecheck in the rice production systems over there.
More recently John worked as Regional Development Officer on the Darling Downs for the Australian cotton industry. During this time John developed a particular interest in the interaction between irrigation management and nitrogen uptake efficiency in cotton which forms the basis of his Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) funded PhD scholarship through The University of Queensland.
John is currently leading a Rural R&D for Profit funded project titled Maximising Irrigation Profitability – Southern Connected Systems which comes under the broader Smarter Irrigation for Profit project administered through the CRDC. The Maximising Irrigation Profitability project is investigating options for the improvement of water productivity in rice, cotton and maize production systems across the southern irrigation areas.