Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Jason Condon

Dr Jason Condon

BAgrSci(Hons) LaTrobe, PhD CSturt

Dr Condon developed an interest in agriculture and soil whilst growing up on a wheat/sheep property in southern NSW.  While studying a BAgricSc (Hons) degree at LaTrobe University, Dr Condon worked on research projects conducted by NSW and Victorian Departments of Agriculture at Wagga and Rutherglen, respectively.  This exposure to soils-based agricultural research led him to honours research into the amelioration of subsoil acidity and a PhD investigating the effect of nitrogen transformations on the formation of acidic subsurface layers in grazed pastures.

On being awarded his PhD, Dr Condon was employed as the Lecturer of Soil Science at CSU and continues to enthusiastically teach soil science and soil management. Dr Condon is the Program Leader for the Agriculture discipline of the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr Condon has research experience in nutrient and fertiliser management, soil degradation and many aspects of soil fertility.  He has current nutrient cycling research projects in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam and Australian based research of acidic subsoils for cropping. He has extensive experience of postgraduate supervision of students covering a wide range of soil and agronomic projects.

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Teaching Interests

  • PSC104 Soil Science (Subject Coordinator)
  • PSC415 Soil Management (Subject Coordinator)
  • Specialising in Soil Chemical Fertility, Acidification, Nutrients and Fertiliser Management

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Research Interests

Dr Condon has research expertise in the following areas:

  • Fertiliser management in conventional, organic and low input farming systems
  • Soil carbon
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Soil degradation and soil fertility

Current Research Projects

  • 2013-2017 Improving the sustainability of Rice Shrimp farming systems in the Mekong Delta.  Funded by ACIAR $1,519,566.  Collaborating scientists:  J Sammut (UNSW), M Burford (Griffith Uni).
  • 2012-2015 Effectiveness of the nitrification inhibitor "nitrapyrin' in selected Australian wheat belt soils.  Funded by DOW AgroSciences $90,000 contract research.  Collaborating scientist:  Greg Doran (CSU).

Research Students

Completed PhD
  • David Deery "Understanding plant water relations to increase water use efficiency" 2005-2008
  • Navneet Brar "N fertiliser efficiency under conventional and no till wheat and rice farming systems" 2007-2012
PhD Current
  • Felicity Harris "Relationship between earliness and vigour across a range of cereal species" 2008-2015
  • Matthew Gardner "Best practice management of Chicory in an Australian context" 2008-2015
  • Susan Orgill "Investigation of the role of perennial pastures in building soil carbon in phase farming systems" 2008-2015
  • David Gale "The potential of compost to ameliorate metal toxicities and increase phosphorous availability in Vietnamese agricultural production systems" 2013-2016
Completed Honours
  • Greg Lord 2015 "Erosion risk of stubble incorporation"
  • Leah Garnett (Honours first class) 2014 "Phosphorus cycling in alternating wetting and drying production systems in Vietnam".  Partially conducted at Cần Thơ University Vietnam
  • David Gale (Honours Second class, division 1) 2010 "Decreasing fertiliser needs with compost addition".  Partially conducted at Cần Thơ University Vietnam
  • Melanie Bower (Honours Second class, division 1) 2009 "Decreasing fertiliser needs with compost addition" Partially conducted at Cần Thơ University Vietnam
  • Matthew Gardner (Honours first class) 2007 "Improved N efficiency by the utilisation of acidic subsurface layers"
  • Michael Moodie (Honours first class) 2005 "Soil acidification caused by deep banding urea under barley"
Current Honours
  • Matt Dunn 2015 "Organic amendments to ameliorate hostile subsoils" Holbrook Landcare Network.
  • Brooke Kaveney 2015 "Effect of tillage on seedbed preparation in Rice/Shrimp farming systems of Vietnam". Partially conducted at Cần Thơ University Vietnam.

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Professional Memberships

Other Professional Activities

  • Vice President of the Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated 2008-2010, 2014- present.
  • President of the Riverina Branch of the Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated 2006-2008.
  • Chair of the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority, Healthy Soils, Healthy Landscapes Project Management Committee 2005-2008.  This project was funded in excess of $1,500,000 over 3 years, employed 5 project officers and operated across 3 catchment management authorities.
  • Chair of the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority/NSW DPI "Benchmarking Soils" Project Management Committee 2005.

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Recent Publications

View Dr Condon's publications on CRO.

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