Dr Iain Hume

Research Officer, NSW Department of Primary Industries - Agriculture

Dr Iain Hume

Research Officer, NSW Department of Primary Industries - Agriculture

Dr Iain Hume has a BSc from Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK, and a PhD from the Australian National University. He joined NSW Agriculture (now DPI) in 1988, measuring and modelling the water balance of irrigated and dryland farming systems to optimise resource use with minimal environmental impact.  Following PhD studies on remote sensing and modelling of forage growth in tropical savannas; he resumed in research at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute. Dr Hume provides agricultural hydrology leadership in southern NSW, managing multidisciplinary projects across agricultural and regional hydrology, ecosystem services, farming systems modelling, economics and rural social research.

Dr Hume is a Charles Sturt University associate senior lecturer and has led the EH Graham Centre’s conservation cropping them.

Current research includes:

Prediction of soil water content using proximal electromagnetic remote sensing

Estimating nitrogen uptake of irrigated rice using airborne and satellite remote sensing.

Benchmarking water productivity in the Australian

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.10 & E5. 10

When: Day 1 – Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 16.30 – 17.00  & Day 2  Thursday, 14 June 2018, 15.30 – 16.00

Abstract Outline: We will show the importance of crop water use in benchmarking cotton water productivity. Specific focus will be on how the IrriSAT app improves the efficiency and accuracy of estimating crop water use for any cotton field in Australia. We will show how water use indices calculated with these methods are used to compare the water productivity of Australian cotton fields.

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