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Researcher: Cotching, WE (Dr Bill Cotching)

Fields of Research

Soil Sciences
Soil Physics
Agricultural Land Management
Land Capability and Soil Degradation
Carbon Sequestration Science
Environmental Monitoring
Sustainable Agricultural Development
Crop and Pasture Nutrition
Soil Chemistry (excl. Carbon Sequestration Science)
Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
Environmental Management
Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness
Natural Resource Management
Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling
Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
Crop and Pasture Production
Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Agricultural Land Planning
Environmental Education and Extension
Agro-ecosystem Function and Prediction
Farming Systems Research
Agronomy
Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling

Research Objectives

Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management
Vegetables
Soils
Environment
Environmental Management Systems
Land and Water Management of environments
Urban and Industrial Water Management
Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production
Sown Pastures (excl. Lucerne)
Rural Land Evaluation
Rehabilitation of Degraded Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
Wheat
Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation
Horticultural Crops
Management of Solid Waste from Plant Production
Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Rural Water Evaluation (incl. Water Quality)
Coastal and Estuarine Land Management
Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts)
Learner and Learning Processes
Sustainability Indicators
Non-Cereal Crops for Silage/Green Feed
Dairy Cattle
Management of Water Consumption by Plant Production
Organic Fertilisers
Mountain and High Country Land and Water Management
Native and Residual Pastures
Livestock Raising
Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Plant Production

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

'Tasmanian onion growers' perceptions toward soil management
A review of the challenges for long term management of krasnozems in Australia; Australian Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
A survey approach to investigate the soil factors associated with the productivity and sustainability of vegetable production in Australia
A veiw of the State's soil
Adoption of Nutrient Budgeting for Sustainable Dairy Farms and Healthy Rivers
Adoption of Nutrient Budgeting for Sustainable Dairy Farms and Healthy Rivers Technical Report June 2010
Advice on soil health all contained in new book
Alleviating the drainage problem
An audit of Tasmanian red ferrosol soil quality under intensive production; National Soils Conference
An inventory of rangelands in part of Broome Shire, Western Australia; Western Australia Department of Agriculture
Assessing the risk of nutrient loss under intensive crop production in the panatana catchment, Tasmania
Assessing the risk of nutrient loss under intensive crop production in the Panatana Catchment, Tasmania, Australia; ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meetings
Assessing the spatial variation of dairy farm total phosphorous losses in the Duck river, NW Tasmania; MODSIM
Assessment and management of inherent and dynamic soil properties for intensive agriculture in the North Island, New Zealand and Tasmania, Australia, PhD Thesis, School of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania
Assessment of soil carbon stores at the farm scale in Tasmania, Australia; 19th World Congress of Soil Science
Assessment of the influence of soil structure on soil strength/soil wetness relationships on Red Ferrosols in north-west Tasmania; Australian Journal of Soil Research
Attributes of Tasmanian ferrosols under different agricultural management; Australian Journal of Soil Research
Benchmarking the quality of krasnozems under horticulture
Best-bet salinity management practices for the Back Creek catchment - Water balance impacts of current land management practice
Booklet to aid with irrigation
Boosting agricultural productivity with biosolids; urban wastes for soil health
Bucket loads of advice
Bulk soil moisture estimation using CosmOz cosmic ray sensor and ANFIS; SENSORS IEEE 2012
Carbon stocks in Tasmanian soils; Soil Research
Challenges to sustainable potato production in Tasmania, Australia; ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meetings
Changes in farmer perceptions towards soil conservation and management in north west Tasmania┐; Rural Society
Changes in organic carbon and selected soil fertility parameters in agricultural soils in Tasmania, Australia; Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis
Cloddy soil water hungry
Coastal soil the subject of study
Combat harvest soil damage
Completion of Soil Attribution - ASRIS Project
Course provides new viewpoint
Crop yields and soil properties on eroded slopes of red ferrosols in north-west Tasmania; Australian Journal of Soil Research
Crop, pasture management
Cultivation uncovers erosion concerns
Dam failure risk assessment and site disposal options for biosolids waste dump located at Greenfeed Enterprises, Scottsdale
Deep ripping benefits
Design and demonstration of precision agriculture irrigation applied to different vergetable crops; 13th Symposium on Precision Agriculture in Australasia
Design drains in the wet
Determining the frequency, depth and velocity of preferential flow by high frequency soil moisture monitoring; Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
Development of preferential flow below a soil moisture threshold; Soil Solutions for a Changing World
Development of unstable flow and reduced hydraulic conductivity due to water repellence and restricted drainage; Vadose Zone Journal
Digital soil assessment: Guiding irrigation expansion in Tasmania, Australia; Proceedings of the Fifth Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping
Dirt: good stuff to look after
Dispersive Soils and their Management, Technical Reference Manual; Sustainable Land Use, DPIW, State of Tasmania
Does tree harvesting in streamside management zones adversely affect stream turbidity? - preliminary observations from an Australian case study; Journal of Soils and Sediments
Dominant soil orders in Tasmania; distribution and selected properties; Australian Journal of Soil Research
Down and dirty in DPIF designer ditch
DPIWE and the University of Tasmania advancing agriculture through research and development. Recognition for research work
Drainage Information Package
Drainage solutions
Effect of antecedent soil moisture on preferential flow in a texture-contrast soil; Journal of Hydrology
Effect of leaching on hydrophobicity and infiltration into a texture constrast soil; Soil Solutions for a Changing World
Effect of soil sample preparation on extractable P, K and S concentrations; ASSSI-ASPAC National Soils Conference
Effects of agricultural management on dermosols in northern Tasmania; Australian Journal of Soil Research
Effects of agricultural management on sodosols in northern Tasmania; Australian Journal of Soil Research
Effects of agricultural management on tenosols in northern Tasmania; Australian Journal of Soil Research
Effects of agricultural management on Vertosols in Tasmania; Australian Journal of Soil Research
Effects of application of poppy waste on spinach yields, soil properties, and soil carbon sequestration in southern Tasmania; Australian Journal of Soil Research
Effects of biosolids, poppy mulch and poppy seed waste on wheat and barley production and Sodosol microbial properties; Australian Water Association Biosolids Specialty IV Conference
Erosion and water quality: Turbidity and sediment loads from selected catchments in north west Tasmania; Natural Resource Management
Erosion effects often disguised
Erosion must be prevented
Error and uncertainty with the determination of the soil water retention function and saturated hydraulic conductivity for soil water modelling; 5th Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference
Estimating Nutrient Loads and Turbidity for Tasmanian Catchments. Landscape Logic Technial Report
Estimating the nature, timing, and depth of preferential flow in a texture-contrast soil; 5th Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference
Evaluation of rapid approaches for determining the soil water retention function and saturated hydraulic conductivity in a hydrologically complex soil; Soil and Tillage Research
Evaluation of surface soil condition in Tasmania, Australia; 19th World Congress of Soil Science
Extending the profile in Tasmania; Australian and New Zealand National Soils Conference
Farmer based monitoring to reduce the risk of soil and nutrient loss
Farmers more aware of best soil management practices
Field assessment of soil workability on krasnozems in northern Tasmania; AIAS National Conference and Workshop
Flood management for swampland drainage systems
Get the dirt on your soil
Getting Irrigation Right
Getting the dirt on the web
Growing pyrethrum on red soils, Brochure
Help to fight soil erosion is here
Hydropedology and preferential flow in the Tasmanian texture-contrast soils; Vadose Zone Journal
Hydropedology of the Tasmanian texture-contrast soils; 5th Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference
Impacts of management on Tasmania┐s robust reds (red ferrosols); Australian Fertiliser Services Association Inc National Convention
Improving drainage
Influence of antecedent soil moisture on hydraulic conductivity in a series of texture-contrast soils; Hydrological Processes
Influence of antecedent soil moisture on the occurrence of preferential flow in a series of texture contrast soils; 2nd International Conference on Hydropedology
Influence of climate, water content and leaching on seasonal variations in potential water repellence; Hydrological Processes
Initial evaluation of telemetry technology for travelling gun irrigator shows reduced energy and water use and improved yield and quality of carrots; World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy 2012
Integrating farm production and natural resource management in Tasmania, Australia; Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
Irrigation and telemetry technology for energy and water use efficiency in irrigation of carrots; Horticulture for the Future Conference
Irrigator runs best left
Is vegetable cropping sustainable in Tasmania's Midlands?
Issues of red soil management in Tasmania; AIAS Conference - Clean Green Agricutlure: Fact or Fiction
Krasnozem gets the full colour treatment
Krasnozem Topsoil Structure┐
Land; State of the Environment Tasmania 2003 - Conditions and Trends Summary Report and Recommendations
Land use and management influences on surface soil organic carbon in Tasmania; Soil Research
Landcare makes good sense
Landcare Tasmania BPH Billiton Landcare Research
Linking crop yields to soil properties
Linking crop yields to soil properties
Linking Tasmanian potato and poppy yields to selected soil physical and chemical properties; Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Linking water quality and land use in northwest Tasmania; Natural Resource Management
Management of acid sulfate soils
Managing nutrient loss uner intensive cropping in north-west Tasmania
Managing soils in the wet under intensive grazing
Managing the 3 important factors of soil health
Managing wet soils on dairy farms
Maximum benefits
Metal element uptake in vegetables after biosolids application to a sandy loam soil in a glasshouse experiment; AWA Biosolids Specialty IV Conference
Metal element uptake in vegetables after biosolids application to a sandy loam soil in a glasshouse experiment; Joint Soils Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Societies of Soil Science
Metal element uptake in vegetables after biosolids application to a sandy loam soil in a glasshouse experiment; Australian Soil Science Society/Australian Soil and Plant Analysis Council Conference
Metal element uptake in vegetables and wheat after biosolids application; Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management
Modelling the fate of water and nitrogen in the mixed vegetable farming systems of northern Tasmania, Australia; Agricultural Systems
Modelling the influences of land use and land management on water quality; Landscape Logic: Integrated Science for Landscape Management
Monitoring change in carbon and soil fertility in agricultural soils in Tasmania, Australia; 12th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis
Montagu Catchment Soil Phosphorus and Pasture Calibration
Motton Soil Care Group clod aware
Mulched rip lines stop soil erosion under annual cropping on steep slopes; 12th International Soil Conservation Organisation Conference
Mulched rip lines stop soil erosion under annual cropping on steep slopes in north-west Tasmania; Natural Resource Management
N mineralisation from bioresources incubated at 12.5C; Applied and Environmental Soil Science
New paddock erosion control technique
New soil erosion control technique
Nitrogen Release from Poppy Waste and Biosolids at Low Temperature; 19th World Congress of Soil Science
Nitrogen Release from Poppy Waste and Biosolids at Low Temperature; Soil Solutions for a Changing World
North-west soil loss 'disturbing'
Now spud growers give it a rest
Nutrient Budgeting in Extensive Grazing Systems
Nutrient Management Extension Project Report June 2010
Nutrient runoff from a dairy pasture on a hump and hollow drainage system at Togari, north west Tasmania; Natural Resource Management
Nutrient runoff from a dairy pasture on a hump and hollow drainage system at Togari, north west Tasmania; Soil 2000 : New Horizons for a New Century
Old dirty delicacy
Organic carbon in soil boosts yields
Organic carbon key to maintaining soil
Organic matter in the agricultural soils of Tasmania, Australia - a review; Geoderma
Peer review of evidence for soil erodibility rating for soils on coupe sf 156b
Plan to protect valuable topsoil from erosion
Plant growth and soil responses to soil applied organic materials in Tasmania, Australia; Soil Research
Potato production in Tasmania, Australia - An overview of climate, soils and practices; Sustainable Potato Production: Global Case Studies
Potatoes hard on some soil
Potatoes put duplex soils under pressure
Preferable flow in a texture constrast soil; Joint Soils Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Societies of Soil Science
Preparing a robust red for a frying russet; Simplot Potato Growers Day
Producing more with less using retro-fit telemetry to reduce energy and water consumption during carrot production; 16th Australian Agronomy Conference
Proof of Concept for Farm Carbon Story
Pyrethrum Paddocks - What makes them good for subsequent cropping?
Quantifying the effects of land management interventions on water quality in the Coal River Catchment; Joint Soil Science Australia and New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference
Rehabilitation of field tunnel erosion using techniques developed for construction with dispersive soils; Australian Journal of Soil Research
Report Card : Soil condition in the Cradle Coast Region, Tasmania
Report Card : Soil condition in the Northern Region, Tasmania
Report Card : Soil condition in the Southern Region, Tasmania
Report on study tour to New Zealand on best practice diary effluent management 27 November - 3 December 2003
Ripper-mulcher stops soil erosion
Robust reds resilient soils
Rough treatment for soil
Seasonal variation in potential water repellence and its effects on soil hydraulic properties; 2nd International Conference on Hydropedology
Seedbed preparation
Severe erosion risk with autumn onions
Simple in situ approaches for determining the timing, depth and magnitude of preferential flow; 2nd International Conference on Hydropedology
Soil assessment for the waste water scheme of the Fonterra manufacturing site at Spreyton
Soil assessment for the waste water scheme of the Fonterra manufacturing site at Wynyard
Soil erosion hitting coastal crop yields
Soil erosion warning
Soil Health for Farming in Tasmania; Bill Cotching
Soil management for sustainable agriculture, In: Moreton RM and Grose CJ, Land Capability Survey of Tasmania, Forth Report, Pp77-83
Soil nutrient concentrations and farm gate nutrient balances for dairy farm management in Tasmania; New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research
Soil phosphorus effects on ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) production on a Hydrosol in Tasmania; New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research
Soil properties under raised bed farming systems in Northern Tasmania
Soil quality evaluation and the interaction with land use and soil order in Tasmania, Australia; Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
Soil saver a riper
Soil specific cropping management strategies for Tasmania; National Soils Conference
Soil structure greatly affects yields: research
Soil structure scorecard - for clay loam textured topsoils in Tasmania
Soil survey and land capability classification of the Pet and Guide catchments, District of Burnie
Soil survey of the Te Puke district, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Soil Targets for Regional NRM in Tasmania; Australian Soil Science Society/Australian Soil & Plant Analysis Council Conference
Soils ain't soils
Soils and land use of part Tauranga County, North Island, New Zealand
Soils of Back Creek catchment, Cressy/Longford, Tasmania
Spatial variation of soil nutrients in dairy pasture paddocks; New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research
Straw the key to erosion control
Subsurface Lateral Flow in Texture-Contrast (Duplex) Soils and Catchments with Shallow Bedrock; Applied and Environmental Soil Science
Sustainable Dairy Farms
Sustainable farm nutrient management in King Island catchments
Sustainable farm nutrient management on King Island dairy farms
Sustainable soil management for potatoes; Sustainable potato production: Global case studies
Sustainable use of intensively cropped kraznozems
The effect of agricultural land use on the soil carbon fractions of Red Ferrosols in North West Tasmania; Climate Change Research Strategies for Primary Industries Conference
The effect of agricultural land use on the soil carbon fractions of Red Ferrosols in North West Tasmania; 5th Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference
The Effects of Organic Wastes on Sodosols in Tasmania, Australia; 24th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management
The effects of reuse of industry and urban waste on sodosols; Joint Soils Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Societies of Soil Science
Time to get Bill's machine and let it rip
To dig or not to dig; Natural Resource Management
Tour studies effluent
Variability of soil physical properties within and between mapping units and the consequences on the water balance and salinity management at the farm scale; Joint Soils Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Societies of Soil Science
Wheat growing in Tasmania: Suitability factors for assisting in site selection
When soil ain't just soil

Research Projects

Adoption of Nutrient Budgeting for Sustainable Dairy Farms and Healthy Rivers; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Boosting Agricultural Productivity with Biosolids: Urban Wastes for Soil Health; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Completion of Soil Attribution - ASRIS Project; Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment (DPIPWE)
Design and Demonstration of Precision Agriculture Irrigation Applied to Different Vegetable Crops; Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)
Developing and Demonstrating Best-Bet Salinity Management Practices for Farmers in the Back Creek Catchment of Northern Tasmania; Natural Heritage Trust (NHT)
Improved Water-Use Efficiency of Rainfed and Irrigated Farming Systems in Tasmania; Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
Montagu Catchment Soil Phosphorus and Pasture Calibration; Dairy Australia Limited (DAL)
Nutrient Budgeting in Extensive Grazing Systems; The Northern Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Assoc Inc. (NRMNORTH)
Research Hub - Landscape Logic: Linking Land and Water Management to Resource Condition Targets; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Soil Organic Carbon Balances in Tasmanian Agricultural Systems; Department of Agriculture (DoA (Cwth))
Carbon Story at Farm Scale - Proof of Concept Project
Fonterra Waste Water System Management
Fonterra Waste Water System Management
Group Investment for Flinders Island Property Management Planning (PMP) Group: Soil Health and Soil Carbon Workshop
Intelligent Irrigation Farmer Training
Nutrient Management for the Dairy Industry in NW Tasmania
Provision of ASRIS datasets to CSIRO Land & Water
Sustainable Farm Nutrient Management on King Island Dairy Farms
Wealth from Water Program - Agricultural Research, Development and Extension Services Component

Research Candidate Supervision

Effect of Antecedent Soil Moisture on Infiltration and Preferential Flow in Texture Contrast Soils
Quantifying the Effects of Land Management Interventions on Water Quality in the Coal River Catchment
Soil and Plant Growth Benefits Resulting from Applying Biosolids, Poppy Mulch and Poppy Seed Waste as Soil Amendments to Texture Contrast Soils in Tasmania