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Dr Roger Lawes

Group Leader


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Dr Lawes is a farming systems scientist and group leader for the Integrated Agricultural Systems group at CSIRO Floreat, in Western Australia. He has long track record attracting research funds and managing complex, multi-agency projects. He has lead research projects in precision agriculture, crop nutrition, C4 grass pasture systems, farming systems and crop rotations, farm economics and digital agriculture. In addition Roger has research interests in "big data", applied statistics, remote sensing and crop modelling.

Currently Roger leads:

The Graincast Initiative, which is part of the Digiscape Future Science Plaftform.The objective of this project is to develop tools to monitor the crop area and crop yield of Australia's dryland grain crops.

A land monitoring project with CBH to monitor Western Australian grain production in near real time and deliver outputs to CBH in near real time, as the season progresses to help CBH schedule their operations.

The CSIRO component of the National Paddock Survey, which is a GRDC funded project that intensively monitors individual fields to measure the size of the yield gap.

The CSIRO component of a Southern Farming Systems project evaluating weed seed management options in the high rainfall zone cropping regions, funded by GRDC.

The economic modelling component of a joint GRDC, MLA and AWI funded project to introduce new legume pasture systems into the grains region to enhance the productivity and profitability of the farming system.