Top soil science gong to Jeff Baldock

30 Jan, 2015 09:27 AM
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Dr Jeff Baldock, recipient of the 2015 JA Prescott Award for soil science.
His work has resulted in more sustainable cropping and mixed farming systems
Dr Jeff Baldock, recipient of the 2015 JA Prescott Award for soil science.

AUSTRALIA'S grains research community has paid tribute to scientist Dr Jeff Baldock who has been awarded the nation’s top soil science prize.

Dr Baldock is the latest recipient of Soil Science Australia’s prestigious annual JA Prescott Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to soil science.

Based in Adelaide, Dr Baldock is a senior principal research scientist with the CSIRO Agriculture Flagship where he leads the Soil Carbon and Nutrients Group in the Sustaining Agricultural Soils and Landscapes Program.

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) senior manager natural resources, Dr Martin Blumenthal, says Dr Baldock is a deserving recipient of the JA Prescott Award.

“Dr Baldock has led at least nine GRDC-funded projects since the 1990s and over this time his work has resulted in more sustainable cropping and mixed farming systems across the southern grains region, especially in the Mallee,” Dr Blumenthal said.

“His research into nitrogen (N) cycling, N mineralisation and soil organic matter has been pivotal in providing advisers and grain growers with the tools needed to make N management decisions on their farms.

“More recently he has developed new techniques to more rapidly measure soil carbon fractions. Dr Baldock’s leadership of the National Soil Carbon in Agriculture Research Program has led to the development of a major national dataset that combined with the underlying metadata gives greater understanding of the environmental and management factors that build soil carbon.”

Dr Blumenthal said Dr Baldock’s rapport with grain growers was also to be commended.

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