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Prof John Hornbuckle

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

Centre for Reg & Rural Futures

Campus

Griffith, NSW

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Mathematics and Statistics, Murdoch University, 2007
Doctor of Philosophy, University of New England, 2004

Contact

j.hornbuckle@deakin.edu.au
+61 2 696 96903

Biography

John is an irrigation and drainage engineer focusing on improving water use productivity in irrigated agriculture systems and minimising the environmental impacts associated with irrigation. John leads the Irrigation Research group of Deakin University in Griffith, NSW, Australia and works closely with industry partners to address challenges faced in Australian and international irrigation systems. 


John is currently developing and investigating irrigation design and water management tools and technologies for improving water use efficiency, maximizing production and minimizing the environmental footprint of irrigation across a range of scales, with a particular focus in the Agtech sector. He succesfully developed the IrriSAT Satellite Irrigation Water Management tools which are being used extensively across irrigation industries for irrigation water management and benchmarking irrigation productivity. He currently leads a range of national and international projects focused on irrigation research. These include the development of improved irrigation systems in developing countries for increasing irrigated food production and national rice and cotton industry precision irrigation projects focused on using smart sensing and automation technologies to increase profitability.

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Knowledge areas

Irrigation

Farm water management

Hydrology

Agtech

Smart sensing and Automation

Remote Sensing for Agriculture

Drainage and salinity management

Publications

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2022

Blue-green water utilization in rice-fish cultivation towards sustainable food production

N Ahmed, J Hornbuckle, G Turchini

(2022), pp. 1-16, Ambio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Machine learning approach to estimate soil matric potential in the plant root zone based on remote sensing data

Rodrigo Filev Maia, Carlos Ballester Lurbe, John Hornbuckle

(2022), pp. 1-16, Frontiers in Plant Science, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2021

Effects of three frequencies of irrigation and nitrogen rates on lint yield, nitrogen use efficiency and fibre quality of cotton under furrow irrigation

C Ballester, J Hornbuckle, J Brinkhoff, W Quayle

(2021), Vol. 248, Agricultural Water Management, C1

journal article

Evaluating strategies to improve water availability and lateral root growth of plants grown in the rice-growing lowlands of the lower mekong basin

C Ballester, J Hornbuckle, T Inthavong, V Lim, J McCormick, A Molesworth, C Oeurng, W Quayle, V Seng, P Sengxua, V Sihathep, V Touch, C Vote, P Eberbach

(2021), Vol. 11, Agronomy, C1

journal article
2020

IRRISENS: An IoT Platform Based on Microservices Applied in Commercial-Scale Crops Working in a Multi-Cloud Environment

R Filev Maia, C Ballester Lurbe, A Agrahari Baniya, J Hornbuckle

(2020), Vol. 20, pp. 1-21, Sensors (Basel, Switzerland), Switzerland, C1

journal article

Predicting irrigation return flows to river systems: Conceptualisation and model development of an irrigation area return flow model

J Hornbuckle, E Christen, G Podger, R White, S Seaton, J Perraud, J Rahman

(2020), pp. 2700-2706, MODSIM 2005 : Proceedings of the International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Advances and Applications for Management and Decision Making, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1

conference

Use of SIRMOD as a quasi real time surface irrigation decision support system

J Hornbuckle, E Christen, R Faulkner

(2020), pp. 217-223, MODSIM 2005 : Proceedings of the International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Advances and Applications for Management and Decision Making, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference
2019

Monitoring the effects ofwater stress in cotton using the green red vegetation index and red edge ratio

C Ballester, J Brinkhoff, W Quayle, J Hornbuckle

(2019), Vol. 11, Remote Sensing, C1

journal article

Irrigation management strategies to increase water productivity in Oryza sativa (rice) in Uruguay

G Carracelas, J Hornbuckle, J Rosas, A Roel

(2019), Vol. 222, pp. 161-172, Agricultural water management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Effects of frequency of irrigation on dry-season furrow-irrigated maize and peanut production in the rice-growing lowlands of the lower mekong basin

C Ballester, C Vote, J Hornbuckle, T Inthavong, V Lim, C Oeurng, W Quayle, V Seng, P Sengxua, V Sihathep, V Touch, P Eberbach

(2019), Vol. 9, Agriculture (Switzerland), C1

journal article

Irrigation management and variety effects on rice grain arsenic levels in Uruguay

G Carracelas, J Hornbuckle, M Verger, R Huertas, S Riccetto, F Campos, A Roel

(2019), Vol. 1, JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD RESEARCH, C1

journal article

Soil moisture forecasting for irrigation recommendation

J Brinkhoff, J Hornbuckle, C Ballester Lurbe

(2019), pp. 385-390, AGRICONTROL 2019 : Proceedings of the 6th IFAC Conference on Sensing, Control and Automation Technologies for Agriculture AGRICONTROL 2019 Sydney, Australia, 4–6 December 2019, Sydney, New South Wales, E1

conference
2018

Multisensor capacitance probes for simultaneously monitoring rice field soil-water- crop-ambient conditions

J Brinkhoff, J Hornbuckle, T Dowling

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 1-14, Sensors, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Assessment of aquatic weed in irrigation channels using UAV and satellite imagery

J Brinkhoff, J Hornbuckle, J Barton

(2018), Vol. 10, Water (Switzerland), C1

journal article
2017

Assessment of in-season cotton nitrogen status and lint yield prediction from unmanned aerial system imagery

C Ballester, J Hornbuckle, J Brinkhoff, J Smith, W Quayle

(2017), Vol. 9, Remote Sensing, C1

journal article

Characterization of WiFi signal range for agricultural WSNs

J Brinkhoff, J Hornbuckle

(2017), pp. 1-6, APCC 2017 : 2017 23rd Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications, Perth, W.A., E1

conference

WiField, an IEEE 802.11-based agricultural sensor data gathering and logging platform

James Brinkhoff, John Hornbuckle, Wendy Quayle, C Ballester Lurbe, Tom Dowling

(2017), pp. 1-6, ICST 2017 : Proceedings of the 2017 Eleventh International Conference on Sensing Technology, Sydney, N.S.W., E1

conference

Calibration and validation of AquaCrop for irrigated peanut (Arachis hypogaea) in lowland rice systems of southern Laos

S Khov, C Vote, J Hornbuckle, I Inthavong, C Oeurng, P Sengxua, V Sihathep, L Song, P Eberbach

(2017), pp. 223-229, MODSIM 2017 : Proceedings of the 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Hobart, Tasmania, E1

conference
2016

Preformed and sprayable polymeric mulch film to improve agricultural water use efficiency

R Adhikari, K Bristow, P Casey, G Freischmidt, J Hornbuckle, B Adhikari

(2016), Vol. 169, pp. 1-13, Agricultural water management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

A method for comprehensively assessing economic trade-offs of new irrigation developments

C Petheram, J Hughes, L McKellar, S Kim, L Holz, P Poulton, M Kehoe, S Podger, G Podger, D McJannet, J Hornbuckle

(2016), Vol. 30, pp. 4617-4634, Water resources management, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article
2015

Murrumbidgee irrigation operation and planning system (MIOPS)

L Williams, C Smith, J Ayats, X Valls, J Hornbuckle

(2015), pp. 339-346, HWRS 2015 : The art and science of water : Proceedings of the 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Hobart, Tas., E1-1

conference

IrriSAT - weather based scheduling and benchmarking technology

J Montgomery, J Hornbuckle, I Hume, J Vleeshouwer

(2015), ASA 2015: Proceedings of the 17th Australian Agronomy Conference: "Building Productive, Diverse and Sustainable Landscapes", Hobart, Tasmania, E1-1

conference

A cotton irrigator's decision support system and benchmarking tool using national, regional and local data

J Vleeshouwer, N Car, J Hornbuckle

(2015), Vol. 448, pp. 187-195, ISESS 2015 : Proceedings of the 11th IFIP WG5.11 International Symposium, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference
2013

Using soil surface temperature to assess soil evaporation in a drip irrigated vineyard

B Kerridge, J Hornbuckle, E Christen, R Faulkner

(2013), Vol. 116, pp. 128-141, Agricultural water management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2012

Remote sensing for viticultural research and production

L Johnson, R Nemani, J Hornbuckle, W Bastiaanssen, B Thoreson, B Tisseyre, L Pierce

(2012), pp. 209-226, The geography of wine : regions, terroir and techniques, Dordrecht , Netherlands, B1-1

book chapter

Using a mobile phone Short Messaging Service (SMS) for irrigation scheduling in Australia - farmers' participation and utility evaluation

N Car, E Christen, J Hornbuckle, G Moore

(2012), Vol. 84, pp. 132-143, Computers and electronics in agriculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Analytical solution for drainflows from bilevel multiple-drain subsurface drainage systems

J Hornbuckle, E Christen, R Faulkner

(2012), Vol. 138, pp. 642-650, Journal of irrigation and drainage engineering, Reston, Va., C1-1

journal article

Proposed project methods for the Flinders and Gilbert agricultural resource assessment

C Petheram, I Watson, P Stone, M Barber, R Bartley, D Brough, D Burrows, N Crossman, D Dutta, M Grundy, J Hornbuckle, I Jolly, J Lerat, D McJannet, T Munday, R Schmidt, N Waltham, T Webster

(2012), pp. 733-741, HWRS 2012 : Proceedings of the 34th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1

conference

Drip irrigation distribution uniformity in vineyards of Australia: Tools for mapping and estimation of impacts

J Hornbuckle, E Christen, N Car, D Smith, I Goodwin, L McClymont, B Kerridge

(2012), Vol. 931, pp. 119-126, Acta Horticulturae, Lisbon, PORTUGAL, E1-1

conference
2009

Irrigation modelling language for decision support

N Car, J Hornbuckle, E Christen, G Moore

(2009), pp. 484-490, 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM 2009 - International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Interfacing Modelling and Simulation with Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Proceedings, Cairns, Australia, E1-1

conference
2008

The NAFE'06 data set: Towards soil moisture retrieval at intermediate resolution

O Merlin, J Walker, J Kalma, E Kim, J Hacker, R Panciera, R Young, G Summerell, J Hornbuckle, M Hafeez, T Jackson

(2008), Vol. 31, pp. 1444-1455, Advances in Water Resources, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2007

Evaluating a multi-level subsurface drainage system for improved drainage water quality

J Hornbuckle, E Christen, R Faulkner

(2007), Vol. 89, pp. 208-216, Agricultural water management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

The national airborne field experiment data sets

J Walker, J Balling, M Bell, A Berg, M Berger, D Biasoni, E Botha, G Boulet, Y Chen, E Christen, R DeJeu, P DeRosnay, C Dever, C Draper, J Fenollar, C Gomez, J Grant, J Hacker, M Hafeez, G Hancock, D Hansen, L Holz, J Hornbuckle, R Hurkmans, T Jackson, J Johanson, P Jones, S Jones, J Kalma, Y Kerr, E Kim, V Kuzmin, V Lakshmi, E Lopez, V Maggioni, P Maisongrande, C Martinez, L McKee, O Merlin, I Mladenova, P O'Neill, R Panciera, V Paruscio, R Pipunic, W Rawls, M Rinaldi, C Rüdiger, P Saco, K Saleh, S Savstrup-Kristensen, V Shoemark, N Skou, S Soebjaerg, G Summerell, A Teuling, H Thompson, M Thyer, J Toyra, A Tsang, T Wells, P Wursteisen, R Young

(2007), pp. 2625-2631, MODSIM07 - Land, Water and Environmental Management: Integrated Systems for Sustainability, Proceedings, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND, E1-1

conference

Tools for improving water use efficiency: Irrigation informatics implemented via SMS

N Car, E Christen, J Hornbuckle, C Bartlett, G Moore

(2007), pp. 671-677, MODSIM07 - Land, Water and Environmental Management: Integrated Systems for Sustainability, Proceedings, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND, E1-1

conference

Towards a new generation of Irrigation Decision Support Systems - Irrigation informatics?

N Car, E Christen, J Hornbuckle, G Moore

(2007), pp. 135-141, MODSIM07 - Land, Water and Environmental Management: Integrated Systems for Sustainability, Proceedings, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND, E1-1

conference
2006

Controlled drainage for improved water management in arid regions irrigated agriculture

J Ayars, E Christen, J Hornbuckle

(2006), Vol. 86, pp. 128-139, Agricultural water management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2005

Controlled water table management as a strategy for reducing salt loads from subsurface drainage under perennial agriculture in semi-arid Australia

J Hornbuckle, E Christen, J Ayars, R Faulkner

(2005), Vol. 19, pp. 145-159, Irrigation and drainage systems, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal article
2001

Subsurface drainage design and management in irrigated areas of Australia

E Christen, J Ayars, J Hornbuckle

(2001), Vol. 21, pp. 35-43, Irrigation science, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Maximising on-farm irrigation profitability - southern connected systems

Prof John Hornbuckle, A/Prof Wendy Quayle, A/Prof Lloyd Chua

CRDC Grant - Research - Cotton Research and Development Corporation

  • 2018: $160,000
  • 2017: $410,000
  • 2016: $180,000

Developing and testing tools for measuring and managing variability in rice

Prof John Hornbuckle

RIRDC Grant - Research - Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

  • 2018: $64,034
  • 2016: $100,000
  • 2015: $236,509

Improving water and nutrient management to enable double cropping in the rice lowlands of Lao and Cambodia

Prof John Hornbuckle, A/Prof Wendy Quayle

ACIAR Grant - Research - Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

  • 2017: $190,751
  • 2016: $542,261

CRDC DAN 1505 Benchmarking water use efficiency and crop productivity in the Australian Cotton Industry

Prof John Hornbuckle

CRDC Grant - Research - Cotton Research and Development Corporation

  • 2019: $25,207
  • 2018: $108,618
  • 2017: $164,338
  • 2016: $25,203

Changes in Rice Water Use - Scoping study

Prof John Hornbuckle

RIRDC Grant - Research - Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

  • 2016: $30,000

Precise real-time automated cotton irrigation for improved water productivity

Dr James Brinkhoff, Prof John Hornbuckle

CRDC Grant - Research - Cotton Research and Development Corporation

  • 2019: $22,310
  • 2018: $44,621

Can Freshwater Plants Act as a Feed Supplement to Reduce Methane Emissions from Cattle ?

Prof Rebecca Lester, Dr Ashley Macqueen, Mr David Dodemaide, Prof John Hornbuckle, Mr Michael Smith

AgriFutures Australia

  • 2022: $43,840
  • 2021: $93,160

Optimising irrigation performance in bankless channel cotton layouts to improve water management and nitrogen use efficiency.

A/Prof Wendy Quayle, Prof John Hornbuckle, Dr Carlos Ballester Lurbe, Dr Jackie Webb

CRDC Grant - Research - Cotton Research and Development Corporation

  • 2022: $99,999

Advancing automation and smart sensing irrigation technologies in the rice industry.

Prof John Hornbuckle, Adpr Rodrigo Filev Maia, Dr Carlos Ballester Lurbe

AgriFutures Australia

  • 2022: $55,787

Other Public Sector Funding

Improved Irrigation Water Management to increase rice productivity in Cambodia

Prof John Hornbuckle

CSIRO

  • 2015: $21,709

Peer review for satellite based estimation methods for crop water requirement & Rootzone drainage

Prof John Hornbuckle

MCMA Grant - Research - Mallee Catchment Management Authority

  • 2019: $1,560
  • 2018: $4,000
  • 2017: $4,000

Understanding drill seeding of rice (DSR) techniques and business models in southern lao PDR for sustaining adoption.

Prof John Hornbuckle, Mr Leigh Vial

ACIAR Grant - Research - Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

  • 2020: $10,000
  • 2018: $150,000

Assessment of irrigation best practices for the Mallee.

Prof John Hornbuckle

MCMA Grant - Research - Mallee Catchment Management Authority

  • 2019: $20,000

New tech integrated smart sensing & automation for cotton.

Prof John Hornbuckle

Smarter Irrigation for Profit-Phase 2

  • 2022: $36,974
  • 2021: $110,710
  • 2020: $128,210
  • 2019: $72,855

Smart irrigation control for water and labour savings in rice growing systems.

Prof John Hornbuckle

Smarter Irrigation for Profit-Phase 2

  • 2022: $83,714
  • 2021: $299,144
  • 2020: $341,057
  • 2019: $171,486

Options for continuous improvement of Irrigation Best Management Practices for the Victorian Mallee

Prof John Hornbuckle

MCMA Grant - Research - Mallee Catchment Management Authority

  • 2020: $25,000

Developing real time and strategic water use and solute monitoring platform for almonds.

Prof John Hornbuckle, Dr Carlos Ballester Lurbe

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • 2022: $24,999
  • 2021: $24,999

Irrigation management technology and agronomy packages for enabling aerobic rice production in southern Australia.

Prof John Hornbuckle

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

  • 2022: $592,359

Determining minimum irrigation requirements of almond trees grown on non-traditional horticultural soils in the Riverina.

Dr Carlos Ballester Lurbe, Prof John Hornbuckle

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

  • 2022: $109,000

Industry and Other Funding

Soils Under an Irrigated Environment

Prof John Hornbuckle

Irrigated Cropping Council

  • 2017: $36,683
  • 2016: $73,366
  • 2015: $77,159

Goanna telemetry Industry funded PhD Research Scholarship

Prof John Hornbuckle

Goanna Telemetry Systems Pty Ltd

  • 2018: $33,333
  • 2017: $33,333
  • 2016: $33,333

Scoping study on aquatic weed management in channels of Murrumbidgee Irrigation

Prof John Hornbuckle, A/Prof Wendy Quayle

Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited

  • 2018: $25,000
  • 2017: $25,000

Provision of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled Redox and Soil moisture monitoring network

Dr James Brinkhoff, Prof John Hornbuckle

Western Murray Land Improvement Group

  • 2017: $11,000

Investigation of multispectral & thermal drone based technology for improving vineyard management and sampling strategies.

Prof John Hornbuckle

Casella Wines Pty Limited

  • 2018: $6,000

Monitoring and managing aquatic weeds in irrigation channels - PhD

Prof John Hornbuckle

Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited

  • 2019: $28,000

Developing real time and strategic water use and solute monitoring platform for almonds.

Prof John Hornbuckle, Dr Carlos Ballester Lurbe

Kooba Ag Pty Ltd

  • 2022: $14,996
  • 2021: $35,000

Water and soil amendment strategies to improve almond productivity.

Prof John Hornbuckle, Dr Carlos Ballester Lurbe

Kooba Ag Pty Ltd

  • 2022: $15,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2020

Gonzalo Carracelas

Thesis entitled: Rice irrigation management effects on water productivity, grain quality and food safety

Master of Science (Ecology & Environment), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Co-supervisor
2020

Anika Molesworth

Thesis entitled: Optimising poultry litter as an organic amendment in cropping systems

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences