Sam North


Sam North is a Research Hydrologist with NSW Department of Primary Industries based at Deniliquin Research and Advisory Station.

He joined the *NSW Department of Agriculture in 1989 and in 2002 was appointed to the position of Research Hydrologist, Irrigated Farming Systems, at Deniliquin. Since then he has examined ways of improving the agronomic, hydraulic and operational performance of basin irrigation systems used in rice farming systems; determined benchmarks for profitable use of centre pivot and linear move irrigation; and developed management guidelines for sustainable use of saline-sodic groundwater for irrigation.

Between 2010 and 2014 Sam led research into the salinity tolerance of Australian rice cultivars which has been used to update crop and water management guidelines for groundwater irrigated rice in the Riverina. This work was part of a larger ACIAR funded project looking to improve rice establishment and productivity in Australia and Cambodia.

Sam is currently leading a GRDC project (Soils under an irrigated environment) which aspires to increase grain production and profitability from surface irrigated soils in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin by improving grower understanding of the interaction between crops, soils and irrigation and their effect on productivity.

*NSW Department of Primary Industries was formed on July 1, 2004 through an amalgamation of NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries, State Forests of NSW and the NSW Department of Mineral Resources.

Contact details

Phone: (03) 5881 9999