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John McPhee

Farming Systems Researcher

Room 1-39, Building A, Cradle Coast Campus

+61 3 6430 4910 (phone)

John.McPhee@utas.edu.au

John McPhee is an agricultural engineer with the Agricultural Systems Centre, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.  He has a long standing interest in controlled traffic farming as the basis for improved soil management in crop production, which has been the subject of a number of research grants and published papers during his career.

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania, John worked with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries in a number of research, development and extension positions in Toowoomba, Atherton and Ayr.  He then worked with the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries Water and Environment.  His undergraduate and Masters studies were both undertaken through the University of Southern Queensland.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeUniversityCountryAwarded
Grad Cert Eng (Env)Deakin UniversityAustralia07/05/1998
MEng (Ag)University of Southern QueenslandAustralia17/04/1993
BEng (Ag)Darling Downs Institute of Advanced EducationAustralia05/05/1979

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Controlled Traffic Farming Association
  • Society for Engineering in Agriculture

Administrative expertise

John has managed and collaborated on RD&E projects and consultancies ranging in value from a few thousand dollars to $1.6 million.

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Expertise

  • Soil management
  • Controlled traffic farming
  • Precision agriculture

Research Themes

John’s research, development and extension activities align to the University’s theme of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. His interests include overcoming the challenges of adopting new farming systems, such as controlled traffic farming, which have the potential to introduce a step change in the way crops are produced, with the benefit of significant improvements in sustainability and productivity.  Current agricultural mechanisation systems have developed over the past century with little consideration given to the impact of large machines on soil condition and sustainability.  John is working to overcome the limitations of current farm mechanisation systems in a way that improves productivity while reducing investment in machinery systems. Further areas of work are related to precision agriculture, and soil and water management for small-holder vegetable producers in SE Asia (as part of an ACIAR project).

Collaboration

John is currently involved in two projects related to precision agriculture with significant linkages to the private sector.  He is also involved in one ACIAR project based in Lao PDR and Cambodia, which covers the fields of sustainable soil and water management for improved vegetable production.  This project has linkages to the University of Southern Queensland, National Agricultural and Forest Research Institute, (NAFRI), National University of Laos (NUoL) and Clean Agriculture Development Centre (CADC) in Lao PDR, and the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Cambodia.

Current projects

‘Integrating soil and water management in vegetable production in Lao PDR and Cambodia’ – a project to research and demonstrate improved soil management and irrigation practices for small holder farmers in conjunction with Lao PDR and Cambodian institutes.

‘Increasing on-farm productivity and sustainability through the use of Precision Agriculture (PA) techniques by Tasmanian farmers’ – a project that is using on-farm case studies and linkages to private providers to investigate and raise awareness of the potential of precision agriculture technologies and practices to improve productivity in crop production.

‘Application of precision systems technology in vegetable production’ – a project to deliver a national program of extension to increase the adoption of precision agriculture systems for vegetable growers and increase on farm productivity and profitability.  It works with collaborating growers and relevant service providers in a number of states. Activities include collection of baseline data layers, implementation of yield monitoring and mapping and demonstration of how data layers can be used to aid decision making.

‘Navigating the wealth of soil health information and identification of opportunities’ – a project to review the literature surrounding soil health for potato production, and identify opportunities for future R, D & E.

Fields of Research

  • Agricultural Engineering (099901)
  • Farming Systems Research (070107)
  • Horticultural Production (070699)

Research Objectives

  • Vegetables (820215)
  • Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils (961402)
  • Plant Extract Crops (e.g. Pyrethrum, Jojoba) (820303)

Publications

Sixteen peer-reviewed publications with an emphasis on aspects of controlled traffic farming for irrigated grain crops and vegetables. One book chapter on vegetable mechanisation. Numerous conference publications on a range of topics related to engineering in agriculture.

Total publications

107

Highlighted publications

(8 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2015Journal ArticleMcPhee JE, Aird PL, Hardie MA, Corkrey SR, 'The effect of controlled traffic on soil physical properties and tillage requirements for vegetable production', Soil and Tillage Research, 149 pp. 33-45. ISSN 0167-1987 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2014.12.018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Hardie MA; Corkrey SR

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2013Journal ArticleMcPhee JE, Aird PL, 'Controlled traffic for vegetable production: Part 1. Machinery challenges and options in a diversified vegetable industry', Biosystems Engineering, 116, (2) pp. 144-154. ISSN 1537-5110 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2013.06.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 8

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2013Journal ArticleMcPhee JE, Neale T, Aird PL, 'Controlled traffic for vegetable production: Part 2. Layout considerations in a complex topography', Biosystems Engineering, 116, (2) pp. 171-178. ISSN 1537-5110 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2013.06.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

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1998Conference PublicationMcPhee JE, Hirst DJ, 'The development of automatic chemical applicators for cattle', Proceedings of the Conference on Agricultural Engineering, Institution of Engineers, Australia, National Conference, 25-30 September 1998, Hawkesbury, NSW, pp. Publ. No. 88/12:346-349. (1998) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1996Journal ArticleMcPhee JE, Beattie B, Corkrey R, Fennell JFM, 'Spacing uniformity - Yield effects and in-field measurement', American Potato Journal, 73, (4) pp. 167-171. ISSN 0003-0589 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/BF02853075 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Corkrey R

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1995Journal ArticleMcPhee JE, Braunack MV, Gardside AL, Reid DJ, Hilton DJ, 'Controlled traffic for irrigated double cropping in a semi-arid tropical environment: Part 1, Machinery requirements and modifications', Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 60 pp. 175-182. ISSN 0021-8634 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1006/jaer.1995.1011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

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1995Journal ArticleMcPhee JE, Braunack MV, Gardside AL, Reid DJ, Hilton DJ, 'Controlled traffic for irrigated double cropping in a semi-arid tropical environment: Part 2, Tillage operations and energy use', Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 60 pp. 183-189. ISSN 0021-8634 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1006/jaer.1995.1012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 20

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1995Journal ArticleMcPhee JE, Braunack MV, Gardside AL, Reid DJ, Hilton DJ, 'Controlled traffic for irrigated double cropping in a semi-arid tropical environment: Part 3, Timeliness and trafficability', Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 60 pp. 191-199. ISSN 0021-8634 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1006/jaer.1995.1013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 16

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Journal Article

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Rodgers D, McPhee J, Aird P, Corkrey R, 'Soil arthropod responses to controlled traffic in vegetable production', Soil and Tillage Research, 180 pp. 154-163. ISSN 0167-1987 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2018.03.002 [eCite] [Details]

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2017McPhee J, Pedersen HH, 'Economic modelling of controlled traffic for vegetable production based on the use of wide span tractors', AFBM Journal, 14 Article 6. ISSN 1449-7875 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2016McPhee JE, Maynard JR, Aird PL, Pedersen HH, Tullberg JN, 'Economic modelling of controlled traffic for vegetable production', Australian Farm Business Management Journal, 13 pp. 1-17. ISSN 1449-5937 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2015McPhee JE, Aird PL, Hardie MA, Corkrey SR, 'The effect of controlled traffic on soil physical properties and tillage requirements for vegetable production', Soil and Tillage Research, 149 pp. 33-45. ISSN 0167-1987 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2014.12.018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Hardie MA; Corkrey SR

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2013McPhee JE, Aird PL, 'Controlled traffic for vegetable production: Part 1. Machinery challenges and options in a diversified vegetable industry', Biosystems Engineering, 116, (2) pp. 144-154. ISSN 1537-5110 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2013.06.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 8

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2013McPhee JE, Neale T, Aird PL, 'Controlled traffic for vegetable production: Part 2. Layout considerations in a complex topography', Biosystems Engineering, 116, (2) pp. 171-178. ISSN 1537-5110 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2013.06.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

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1996McPhee JE, Beattie B, Corkrey R, Fennell JFM, 'Spacing uniformity - Yield effects and in-field measurement', American Potato Journal, 73, (4) pp. 167-171. ISSN 0003-0589 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/BF02853075 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Corkrey R

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1995Braunack MV, McPhee JE, Reid DJ, 'Controlled traffic to increase productivity of irrigated row crops in the semi-arid tropics', Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 35 pp. 503-513. ISSN 0816-1089 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/EA9950503 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12

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1995McPhee JE, Braunack MV, Gardside AL, Reid DJ, Hilton DJ, 'Controlled traffic for irrigated double cropping in a semi-arid tropical environment: Part 1, Machinery requirements and modifications', Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 60 pp. 175-182. ISSN 0021-8634 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1006/jaer.1995.1011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

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1995McPhee JE, Braunack MV, Gardside AL, Reid DJ, Hilton DJ, 'Controlled traffic for irrigated double cropping in a semi-arid tropical environment: Part 2, Tillage operations and energy use', Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 60 pp. 183-189. ISSN 0021-8634 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1006/jaer.1995.1012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 20

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1995McPhee JE, Braunack MV, Gardside AL, Reid DJ, Hilton DJ, 'Controlled traffic for irrigated double cropping in a semi-arid tropical environment: Part 3, Timeliness and trafficability', Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 60 pp. 191-199. ISSN 0021-8634 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1006/jaer.1995.1013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 16

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1992McPhee JE, 'A proposed method of mixing molasses and minerals in bulk tanks', Agricultural Engineering Australia, 1&2 pp. 27-29. ISSN 0044-6807 (1992) [Refereed Article]

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1992McPhee JE, Hirst DJ, 'Automatic chemical applicators for cattle', Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 52 pp. 215-227. ISSN 0021-8634 (1992) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/0021-8634(92)80062-W [eCite] [Details]

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1992McPhee JE, Norris CP, 'Seed damage characteristics of peanut metering systems', Agricultural Engineering Australia, 1&2 pp. 30-33. ISSN 0044-6807 (1992) [Refereed Article]

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1992McPhee JE, Norris CP, 'Influence of drying conditions on peanut quality and cost of drying', Agricultural Engineering Australia, 1&2 pp. 34-37. ISSN 0044-6807 (1992) [Refereed Article]

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1991Braunack MV, McPhee JE, 'The effect of soil water content and tillage implement on seedbed formation', Soil and Tillage Research, 20 pp. 5-7. ISSN 0167-1987 (1991) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/0167-1987(91)90121-D [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 22

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018McPhee J, Pedersen HH, Mitchell JP, 'Mechanization of Vegetable Production', Advances in Agricultural Machinery and Technologies, Taylor & Francis Group, G Chen (ed), United States, pp. 49-87. ISBN 9781498754125 (2018) [Other Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Pedersen HH, Oudshoorn FW, McPhee JE, Chamen WCT, 'Wide span - re-mechanising vegetable production', Acta Horticulturae, 17-22 August 2014, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 551-557. ISSN 0567-7572 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1130.83 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Birch CJ, Bonney LB, Ives SW, McPhee J, Bounneuang D, et al., 'Whole of System and Value Chain Analyses reveal research needs in horticulture in Laos and Cambodia', Proceedings of the Tropical Agriculture Conference, 16-18 November 2015, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-2. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Birch CJ; Bonney LB; Ives SW

2015McPhee JE, Aird PL, 'Controlled traffic for pyrethrum production in Tasmania - potential benefits and constraints', Acta Horticulturae, 2-4 November 2011, Launceston, Australia, pp. 63-69. ISSN 0567-7572 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1073.8 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Pedersen HH, Sorensen CG, Oudshoorn FW, McPhee JE, 'User requirements for a Wide Span Tractor for Controlled Traffic Farming', International Commission of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Section V. CIOSTA XXXV Conference 'From Effective to Intelligent Agriculture and Forestry, 3-5 July 2013, Billund, Denmark (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012McPhee J, Aird P, 'Controlled traffic experiences and results in a diversified vegetable industry', Proceedings of 16th Agronomy Conference 2012, 14-18 October 2012, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, pp. 1-6. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012McPhee JE, Aird P, 'Soil benefits of controlled traffic in intensive vegetable production', Proceedings of the CTF 2013, ACTFA International Controlled Traffic Conference, 25-27 February 2013, Toowoomba, QLD (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012McPhee JE, Maynard J, Aird P, Tullberg J, 'Economic modelling of controlled traffic in vegetable production', Proceedings of the CTF 2013, ACTFA International Controlled Traffic Conference, 25-27 February 2013, Toowoomba, QLD (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012McPhee J, Aird P, Corkrey R, 'Controlled traffic as the basis of sustainable soil management for intensive vegetable production', Proceedings of the 5th Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference: Soil solutions for diverse landscapes, 2-7 December 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 371-374. ISBN 978-0-646-59142-1 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Corkrey R

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2011McPhee J, Aird P, 'Initial findings show benefits of controlled trafffic for intensive vegetable production', 26-29th September 2011, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-4. (2011) [Conference Edited]

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2011McPhee JE, 'Precise Technologies - The Opportunities', Invited Oral Presentation to National Industry Workshop : Ausveg Mechanisation Seminar and Workshop, 12 April, 2011, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011McPhee JE, Aird PL, 'Soil benefits of controlled traffic in vegetable production', Current activities in Tasmanian Soil Science, Australian Society of Soil Science Inc., Tasmanian Branch, 30th June 2011, University of Tasmania, Newnham Campus, Launceston (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2011McPhee JE, McHugh AD, 'The role of zero-till and controlled traffic in intensive horticulture - where to from here?', Workshop and Invited Presentation at the 5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture incorporating 3rd Farming Sytems Design Conference, 26-29 September 2011, Brisbane, Queensland (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Birch C, McPhee J, Butler L, 'Forthside Vegetable Research Facility (FVRF) - upgrade and utilisation', Proceedings of the 2011 Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research Vegetable Centre Industry Communication Forum, 14 July 2011, Longford, Tasmania, pp. 1-1. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Birch C; Butler L

2009McPhee JE, 'An update on CTF in Tasmania', Proceedings of the LandWISE Conference, 13-14 May 2009, Havelock North, New Zealand (2009) [Keynote Presentation]

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2009McPhee JE, 'CTF - Tasmanian experiences and perspectives', Iinvited plenary presentation - CTF Europe Conference, 21-23 June 2009, Samso, Denmark (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009McPhee JE, 'CTF - global overview and barriers to adoption', Iinvited plenary keynote presentation - LandWISE Conference, 13-14 May 2009, Havelock North, New Zealand (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009McPhee JE, 'MARRS and TIAR', Invited Oral Presentation to National Industry Workshop : HAL Mechanisation, Automation, Robotics and Remote Sensing (MARRS) Workshop, 5-6 November 2009, Sydney, NSW (2009) [Conference Extract]

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2009McPhee JE, 'Controlled Traffic Farming Systems for the Tasmanian vegetable industry (Reporting on HAL Project VG07058)', Proceedings of the 2009 Australian Vegetable Industry Conference: R&D Showcase, 4-6 May 2009, Melbourne, Victoria (2009) [Conference Extract]

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2008McPhee JE, 'Integrating CTF into the Tasmanian vegetable industry', Proceedings of the LandWISE Conference, 14-15 May 2008, Gisborne, New Zealand (2008) [Keynote Presentation]

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2008McPhee JE, 'CTF layouts for vegetable farms in undulating landscapes', Proceedings of the Australian Controlled Traffic Farming Association 2008 Conference, 12-14 August 2008, Dubbo, NSW (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2008McPhee JE, 'Making the equipment fit the tramline', Proceedings of the LandWISE Conference, 14-15 May 2008, Gisborne, New Zealand (2008) [Plenary Presentation]

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2007McPhee JE, 'Addressing the challenges of CTF for the vegetable industry', Proceedings of the Australian Controlled Traffic Farming Association 2007 Conference, 16-18 Jul 07, Perth, Western Australia (2007) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007McPhee JE, 'CTF in Australia and the challenges of the Tasmanian vegetable industry', International Soil Tillage Research Organisation - Controlled Traffic Farming Working Group Workshop, 22-25 May 2007, Wageningen, The Netherlands (2007) [Conference Extract]

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2007McPhee JE, Aird P, McNeil J, 'The Challenge of CTF for the vegetable industry', ARAC, 1 August 2007, Ulverstone, Tasmania (2007) [Conference Edited]

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2006McPhee JE, 'CT for the vegetable industry - what will it take', Proceedings of the 4th Australian Controlled Traffic Farming Association 2006 Conference,, 27-29 September 2006, Ballarat, NSW (2006) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2001Hay FS, Laurence R, Sparrow L, McPhee J, Palmer C, 'Bark residue as a soil amendment in broad-acre intensive vegetable', ARAC Research and Extension Day Handbook, pp. 17-17. (2001) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hay FS; Laurence R; Sparrow L; Palmer C

2001Bishop A, French J, Wardlaw F, Orr R, Gardam P, et al., 'Organic cropping: what's in it for conventional agriculture?', ARAC Research and Extension Day Handbook, Devonport, Tasmania, pp. 25-25. (2001) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Orr R; Gardam P

2000Hay F, Laurence R, Sparrow L, McPhee J, Palmer C, 'Bark residue as a soil amendment in broad-acre intensive vegetable', ARAC Research and Extension Day Handbook, Ulverston, Tasmania, pp. 7-7. (2000) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hay F; Laurence R; Sparrow L; Palmer C

1998McPhee JE, Hirst DJ, 'The development of automatic chemical applicators for cattle', Proceedings of the Conference on Agricultural Engineering, Institution of Engineers, Australia, National Conference, 25-30 September 1998, Hawkesbury, NSW, pp. Publ. No. 88/12:346-349. (1998) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1995McPhee JE, Braunack MV, Garside AL, 'Controlled traffic for irrigated row crops in the semi-arid tropics', Proceedings of the National Controlled Traffic Conference, 13-14 September 1995, Rockhampton, Qld, pp. 166-171. (1995) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1993McPhee JE, 'Narrow pitch digging webs - do they have a role in reducing volunteer potatoes? ', 7th National Potato Research Workshop, 25-28 May 1993, Ulverstone, Tasmania, pp. 175-179. (1993) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1993McPhee JE, Beattie BM, 'A field survey of planter performance', 7th National Potato Research Workshop, 25-28 May 1993, Ulverstone, Tasmania, pp. 170-174. (1993) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1993McPhee JE, Chapman KSR, 'Planter Performance', Proceedings of the Improved Potato Seed Handling Technology Workshop, 16 September 1993, Lenswood SA, pp. 55-57. (1993) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1992Garside AL, Borrell AK, Ockerby SE, Dowling AJ, McPhee JE, et al., 'An irrigated rice based cropping system for tropical Australia', Proceedings of the 6th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, 10-14 February 1992, Armidale NSW, pp. 259-261. (1992) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1992McPhee JE, Braunack MV, 'Benefits of controlled traffic in the tropics', Proceeding of AgEng'92, International Conference on Agricultural Engineering, 1-4 June 1992, Uppsala, Sweden, pp. 81-83. (1992) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1992McPhee JE, Braunack MV, 'Controlled traffic in a tropical environment', Proceedings of the Conference on Agricultural Engineering. Institution of Engineers, Australia, National Conference, 4-7 October 1992, Albury, NSW, pp. Publ. No. 92/11:368-369. (1992) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1991Braunack MV, McPhee JE, 'Controlled traffic and direct drilling to improve irrigated row crop establishment in the tropics', Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of the International Soil and Tillage Research Organisation (ISTRO): Soil Tillage and Agricultural Sustainability, 8-12 July 1991, Ibadan, Nigeria, pp. 362-370. (1991) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1990McPhee JE, Braunack MV, 'Benefits of controlled traffic for irrigated row crops in the tropics', Proceedings of the Conference on Agricultural Engineering. Institution of Engineers, Australia, National Conference , 11-14 November 1990, Toowoomba, Qld, pp. Publ. No. 90/13:19-24. (1990) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1988Braunack MV, McPhee JE, 'The effect of initial soil water content and tillage implement on seedbed formation', Proceedings of Soil Management '88 Symposium, 19-21 September 1988. Toowoomba, Qld, Darling Downs Soil and Water Studies Centre, pp. DDIAE:87-101. (1988) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1988McPhee JE, 'Aeration and fumigation', Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Agricultural Engineering for Conservation Cropping. Queensland Department of Primary Industries Conference and Workshop Series, 21-25 March 1998, Toowoomba, Qld, pp. QC 88010:106-115. (1988) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1988McPhee JE, Dettrick D, 'Progress towards biosolids recycling in Tasmania', Watertech Conference, 26-29 April 1998, Brisbane, Queensland (1988) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1987Wollin AS, McPhee JE, Robotham BG, Walsh PA, 'A review of engineering aspects of crop establishment', Proceedings of a Crop Establishment Workshop, AIAS Occasional Publication 34, 28 September 1987, Brisbane, pp. 42-61. (1987) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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1986McPhee JE, 'Seed damage and performance characteristics of peanut metering systems', Proceedings of the Conference on Agricultural Engineering, Institution of Engineers, Australia, National Conference, 24-28 August 1986, Adelaide, SA, pp. Publ. No. 86/9:244-247. (1986) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1984McPhee JE, 'Influence of drying conditions on peanut quality', Proceedings of the Conference on Agricultural Engineering, Institution of Engineers, Australia, National Conference, 27-30 August 1984, Bundaberg, Qld, pp. Publ. No. 84/6:65-68. (1984) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1982McPhee JE, 'Development of a rotary dryer for cassava', Proceedings of the Conference on Agricultural Engineering, Institution of Engineers, Australia, National Conference, 22-24 August 1982, Armidale, NSW, pp. Publ. No. 82/8:92-94. (1982) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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1980McPhee JE, 'On-farm grain storage', Proceedings of the Conference on Agricultural Engineering, Institution of Engineers, Australia, National Conference, 30 September - 2 October 1980, Geelong, VIC, pp. Publ. No. 80/7:141-144. (1980) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Birch CJ, Bonney L, Ives SW, McPhee JE, 'Integrating resource management for fruit and vegetable production in Laos and Cambodia', Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, SMCN/2014/015 (2014) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Birch CJ; Bonney L; Ives SW

2013McPhee JE, 'BRAPL - effect of machinery damage on plant death and reduced yield in subsequent harvests', Botanical Resources Australia Pty Ltd, Final Report (2013) [Contract Report]

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2013McPhee JE, 'Development and demonstration of controlled traffic farming techniques for production of potatoes and other vegetables', Horticulture Australia Limited, MT09040 Final (2013) [Contract Report]

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2013McPhee JE, 'On-farm demonstration of CTF for vegetables', Horticulture Australia Limited, VG10080 Final (2013) [Contract Report]

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2011McPhee JE, 'Economic and carbon emissions model for controlled traffic farming in vegetables', Horticulture Australia Limited, VG09019 (2011) [Contract Report]

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2010McPhee JE, 'Onions Australia, September 2010. Annual report for Controlled Traffic Development Project part funded by HAL Onion Levy', Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research, University of Tasmania (2010) [Contract Report]

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2010McPhee JE, 'Potato IAC Annual Report', Annual report for Controlled Traffic Development Project part funded by HAL Potato Levy', Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research, University of Tasmania (2010) [Contract Report]

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2009McPhee JE, 'Grower Study Tour to European Controlled Traffic Farming Workshop and Related Farms', Horticulture Australia Limited, VG08124 Final (2009) [Contract Report]

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2008McPhee JE, 'Controlled Traffic Farming Systems for Tasmanian Vegetable Industry', Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association (TFGA), HAL VG07058 (2008) [Contract Report]

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1999McPhee JE, Dettrick D, 'Tasmanian Biosolids Reuse Guidelines', Regulatory Guidelines for use by Industry and State and Local Government (1999) [Contract Report]

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Other Public Output

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2013McPhee JE, 'Time to rethink the tractor', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Tasmania, Winter, p. 37. (2013) [Magazine Article]

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2013McPhee JE, 'Rain 'timely reminder' for farmers to be ready', The Advocate, Fairfax Media, Burnie, Tasmania, 22 August, p. 37. (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013McPhee JE, 'Controlled traffic challenges aired', The Advocate, Fairfax Media, Burnie, Tasmania, 7 March, pp. 31-32. (2013) [Media Interview]

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2011McPhee JE, 'Discovering more about CTF', Potatoes Australia, Feb/Mar Issue (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011McPhee JE, 'Traffic project's wheels in motion', The Advocate, Burnie, Tasmania, 10 February (2011) [Newspaper Article]

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2011McPhee JE, 'Controlled traffic layouts for mis-matched equipment', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Tasmania, Autumn, p. 40. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011McPhee JE, 'Economic modelling of controlled traffic for vegetables', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Tasmania, 2011, 4, p. 35. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2010McPhee JE, 'MARRS project', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Tasmania, June, p. 37. (2010) [Magazine Article]

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2010McPhee JE, 'Controlled traffic project update', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Tasmania, June, p. 38. (2010) [Magazine Article]

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2010McPhee JE, 'CTF gatherings a success', Tas Regions Spring 2010 - TIAR Vegie, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Tasmania, 16, 3 (2010) [Magazine Article]

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2010McPhee JE, 'Keep it under control', Vegetables Australia, Jan/Feb Issue (2010) [Magazine Article]

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2009McPhee JE, 'Soil Management Field Days', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industry & Water, Hobart, Tasmania, March, p. 36. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009McPhee JE, 'Tractor guidance, GNSS and CORS in Tasmania', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industry & Water, Hobart, Tasmania, March, p. 37. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009McPhee JE, 'The benefits of Controlled Traffic Farming to assist adaptation to climate change for Australian crop production industries', Submission to House Standing Committee on Primary Industries and Resources. Inquiry into the role of government in assisting Australian farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change, Submission on behalf of Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research, Tasmania (2009) [Report of Restricted Access]

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2009McPhee JE, 'CTF mapping and layout', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries and Water, Hobart, Tasmania, June, p. 30. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009McPhee JE, 'Down and dirty at the TAPG soil management field days', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries and Water, Hobart, Tasmania, June, p. 29. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009McPhee JE, 'Some points about CTF', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries and Water, Hobart, Tasmania, June, p. 30. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009McPhee JE, 'Simple steps on the journey to CTF', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries and Water, Hobart, Tasmania, June, p. 30. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009McPhee JE, 'Improve soil health by controlled traffic', Rural Pages, The Advocate Newspaper, Burnie, Tasmania, 14 May (2009) [Newspaper Article]

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2009McPhee JE, 'Tracks ahead in Europe', Primary Producer, The Advocate Newspaper, Thursday 6th August 2009, Burnie, Tasmania, (2009) [Newspaper Article]

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2009McPhee JE, 'EU / UK CTF Study Tour', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Tasmania, September, p. 31. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009McPhee JE, 'HAL Support for Two Controlled Traffic Projects', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Tasmania, December, p. 34. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2009McPhee JE, 'CTF track width standardisation forum', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Tasmania, December, p. 34. (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2008McPhee JE, 'Some points about CTF', Rural Pages, The Advocate Newspaper, Burnie, Tasmania (2008) [Newspaper Article]

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2008McPhee JE, 'Controlled Traffic for Vegetables', NZ Grower, Horticulture New Zealand Inc, Wellington, New Zealand, p36, August (2008) [Magazine Article]

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2008McPhee JE, 'Controlled traffic on the other side of the Tasman', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industry and Water, Hobart, Tasmania, p34, September (2008) [Magazine Article]

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2008McPhee JE, 'Controlled traffic on the other side of the Tasman', Rural Pages, The Advocate Newspaper, Burnie, Tasmania (2008) [Newspaper Article]

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2008McPhee JE, 'Zero-till potato planting in CTF', Rural Pages, The Advocate Newspaper, Burnie, Tasmania (2008) [Newspaper Article]

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2008McPhee JE, 'CTF Mapping and Layout', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industry and Water, Hobart, Tasmania, p34, September (2008) [Magazine Article]

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2008McPhee JE, 'CTF projects', Rural Pages, The Advocate Newspaper, Burnie, Tasmania (2008) [Newspaper Article]

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2008McPhee JE, 'CTF trial underway', The Advocate, Burnie, Tasmania, 1 May (2008) [Newspaper Article]

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2007McPhee JE, 'Controlled traffic for vegetables?', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industry and Water, Hobart, Tasmania, p39, June (2007) [Magazine Article]

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2007McPhee JE, 'Controlled traffic farming in Europe', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industry and Water, Hobart, Tasmania, p31, September (2007) [Magazine Article]

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2007McPhee JE, 'Small steps forwards for controlled traffic in vegetables', Tas Regions, Department of Primary Industry and Water, Hobart, Tasmania, p32, December (2007) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Most projects undertaken have been funded through competitive grant processes, mostly through industry R, D & E funds. Some projects have been done as consultancies. More recently, project funding has been secured through joint arrangements with inter-state partners.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

24

Total funding

$12,644,172

Projects

Proof of Concept (Sony) (2018)$98,733
Description
Under Non-Disclosure Agreement
Funding
Sony Imaging Products and Solutions Inc ($98,733)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Boersma M; Harwin SJ; Lucieer A; McPhee JE
Year
2018
Understanding the amelioration processes of the subsoil application of amendments in the Southern Region (2017 - 2021)$4,950,000
Description
Subsoil manuring is an exciting new technology that could revolutionise grain yields in the HRZ of Australia and bring them more into line with the high yields obtained in most of Europe and NZ. Without this technology (coupled with drainage In some areas) it is unlikely that yields of crops on duplex soils will come close to consistently meeting dry land and irrigated target yield potential.This project is a collaboration with Victoria (DEDJTR, LaTrobe, UM), SA (SARDI, PIRSA, UnlSA), NSW (DPI) and a number of grower groups, in particular SFS. It aims to develop the knowledge and agronomic practices required to achieve reliable and significant crop responses and to reduce the large financial risk and other logistical constraints currently limiting the potential uptake of subsoil amendments by grain growers in South Australia, Victoria, southern NSW and Tasmania. This project ultimately tarsets the development of effective pathways to widespread adoption of subsoil improvlns technoloay among grain growers and will be dependent on the delivery of several key outputs.
Funding
Grains Research & Development Corporation ($4,950,000)
Scheme
Tender-Improving Your Farm Resource Base
Administered By
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Research Team
Dean GJ; McPhee JE; Hardie MA
Period
2017 - 2021
Application of precision systems technology in vegetable production (2017 - 2019)$2,748,220
Description
The project will deliver a national program of extension to increase the adoption of precision agriculture systems for vegetable growers and increase on farm productivity and profitability. It will do this by working with collaborating growers and relevant service providers in a number of states. The approach taken will differ between states as different regions are at different stages of progress and adoption in relation to PA technologies and application. Qld and Tas are currently viewed as being the most advanced in this sphere. Activities will include collection of baseline data layers, implementation of yield monitoring and mapping and demonstration of how data layers can be used to aid decision making.
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($2,748,220)
Scheme
Grant-General Call
Administered By
Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries
Research Team
Layden I; O'Halloran J; McPhee JE; Robson AJ; Shannon J; Lancaster R; McKay A; Dimos N; Wing J; Johnston B; Kienzle M
Period
2017 - 2019
Navigating the wealth of soil health information and identification of opportunities (2017 - 2018)$139,754
Description
The objective of this work is to enable potato growers to increase productivity by providing them with the knowledge of what constitutes healthy soil and what the current best practices are for improving soil health. The project will provide an independent and comprehensive review of the current state of knowledge of factors influencing agricultural soil health specifically for the potato industry. This will form the basis of a plan to guide future investment in improving soil health in the potato industry and the production of materials to assist growers to make informed decisions for improving their productivity and sustainability.
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($139,754)
Scheme
Grant-General Call
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Tegg RS; Powell S; Wilson CR; McPhee JE; Hinton SJ; Dean GJ
Period
2017 - 2018
Increasing on-Farm Productivity and Sustainability through the use of Precision Agriculture Techniques by Tas Farmers (2015 - 2018)$174,905
Description
Demonstration and promotion of the application and benefits of Precisions Agriculture technologies and techniques in Tasmanian cropping, with a focus on the vegetable industry, using a number of case study sites from different production regions.
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($174,905)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE; Gardam PL; Schoenmaker D
Period
2015 - 2018
Integrating soil and water management in vegetable production in Lao PDR and Cambodia (2015 - 2019)$1,600,592
Description
Lao PDR and Cambodia are developing countries with low agricultural productivity, the major contributing factors being poor soil physical conditions, low to moderate chemical fertility, unscientific and inefficient irrigation, and high incidence of pests. This project will work with smallholder farmers in identifying and implementing interventions to improve sustainability of vegetable production and increase farm profitability. The project will achieve this through analysis of the effectiveness of agricultural input supply chains, livelihood analysis and studies of socio-economic and socio-cultural factors that affect adoption of improved practices, and field experimentation and demonstration of improved soil and irrigation management. Research will be complemented by building human capacity for ongoing support of improved practices.
Funding
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research ($1,600,592)
Scheme
Grant-Research and Development
Administered By
University of Southern Queensland
Research Team
Ives SW; Bonney L; McPhee JE
Period
2015 - 2019
Prioritise vegetable crop commodities for mechanisation (2014 - 2015)$66,721
Description
A scoping study to determine priorities of vegetable crop commodities for future RD&E investment by HAL in the area of mechanization and automation.
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($66,721)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE; Birch CJ
Period
2014 - 2015
Sustaining vegetable production with controlled traffic and sub-soil manuring (2014 - 2015)$940,089
Funding
Department of Agriculture ($940,089)
Scheme
Grant-Innovative Projects
Administered By
Tom Dowling
Research Team
McPhee JE; Hardie MA; Brient T
Period
2014 - 2015
Monitoring differences in soil condition due to tillage, controlled traffic & compost (2012)$6,775
Funding
Forth Farm Produce Pty Ltd ($6,775)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE
Year
2012
Investigating raised beds as a means of reducing water logging in pyrethrum (2012 - 2014)$14,170
Description
BRA will be engaging Mr John McPhee to waterlogging of pyrethrum crops provide advice.
Funding
Botanical Resources Australia - Agricultural Services Pty Ltd ($14,170)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE
Period
2012 - 2014
Dr Jeff Mitchell (UCD) visit for workshops on new technologies and approaches to sustainable vegetable production (2011)$29,168
Funding
Horticulture Australia Limited ($29,168)
Scheme
Grant - General Call
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE; Aird P; O'Grady T
Year
2011
McCain Community Taskforce: to Establish Onsite Demonstrations for Controlled Traffic Farming in the North West (2010 - 2012)$180,000
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($180,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE; Birch CJ
Period
2010 - 2012
Farming Sustainably - Future systems for intensive cropping (2010 - 2011)$85,050
Funding
Cradle Coast NRM ($85,050)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE
Period
2010 - 2011
Effect of Machinery Damage on Plant Death and Reduced Yield in Subsequent Harvests (2010 - 2012)$15,000
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant-Industry Call
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE
Period
2010 - 2012
On-farm Demonstration of CTF for Vegetables (2010 - 2012)$306,643
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($306,643)
Scheme
Grant-General Call
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE
Period
2010 - 2012
Development and Demonstration of Controlled Traffic Farming Techniques for Production of Potatoes and Other Vegetables (2009 - 2012)$291,398
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($291,398)
Scheme
Grant-Out of Session Industry Call Proposal
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE; Aird P
Period
2009 - 2012
Economic and Carbon Emissions Model for Controlled Traffic Farming in Vegetables (2009 - 2012)$210,576
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($210,576)
Scheme
Grant-Industry Call
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE; Aird P; Maynard J; Tullberg J
Period
2009 - 2012
Grower Study Tour to European Controlled Traffic Farming Workshop and Related Farms (2009 - 2010)$52,216
Funding
Horticulture Innovation Australia ($52,216)
Scheme
Grant-Industry Call
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE; Aird P
Period
2009 - 2010
Controlled Traffic Farming Systems for the Tasmanian Vegetable Industry (2007)$52,727
Funding
Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association ($52,727)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McPhee JE
Year
2007
Increasing the opportunities for use of organic wastes in the Tasmanian vegetable industry (1999)$20,000
Funding
Horticultural Research & Development Corporation ($20,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Department of Primary Industries Water & Environment
Research Team
McPhee JE; Bowman Stuart; Walker M
Year
1999
Organic production systems - technology transfer (1999 - 2001)$76,000
Funding
Horticultural Research & Development Corporation ($76,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Dept of Primary Industries, Water and Environment
Research Team
McPhee JE; Orr R; Tuck G; Gardam P; O'Donnell D; French J
Period
1999 - 2001
The beneficial use of sewage sludge on agricultural land (1996 - 1998)$380,435
Funding
HAL ($380,435)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Dept of Primary Industry & Fisheries
Research Team
McPhee JE; Sprod D; Sparrow L; Burton S; Rue C
Period
1996 - 1998
Development of automatic chemical applicators for catter in remote environments (1989)$25,000
Funding
AMLRDC ($25,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Department of Primary Industries (QLD)
Research Team
McPhee JE; Hirst DJ
Year
1989
Controlled traffic for irrigated row crops in a tropical environment (1987 - 1989)$180,000
Funding
Rural Credits Development Fund ($180,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Department of Primary Industries (QLD)
Research Team
McPhee JE; Garside A L; Reid DJ; Hilton DJ; Braunack M V
Period
1987 - 1989

Supervision of one honours student (2016).