Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Jason Condon

Dr Jason Condon

BAgSc(Hons) LaTrobe, PhD CSturt

  • Position
    Senior Lecturer in Soil Science, Soil fertility and nutrient cycling, fertiliser management in conventional and organic farming, School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences
  • Campus
  • Location
    Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
  • Phone/Fax
    work 02 6933 2278, Fax: 02 6933 2812
  • Email

Dr Condon developed an interest in agriculture and soil whilst growing up on a wheat/sheep property between Yerong Creek and Mangoplah in southern NSW. While studying for a BAgricSc (Hons) degree at LaTrobe University, Dr Condon took the opportunity to work on the MASTER and LIGULE projects conducted by the then NSW and Victorian Departments of Agriculture at Wagga and Rutherglen, respectively. This exposure to soils-based agricultural research lead him to his honours research into the amelioration of subsoil acidity.

On completion of his BAgricSc degree Dr Condon was employed as a Teaching Fellow at CSU. During this time he undertook a PhD at CSU, investigating the effect of nitrogen transformations on the formation of acidic subsurface layers in grazed pastures. On receiving his PhD, Dr Condon took up his current role position of Lecturer of Soil Science at CSU.  In addition to his Australian research he has worked in Vietnam on projects dealing with nutrient cycling and compost use in agricultural systems.

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Dr Condon's research involves investigations of nutrient cycling, compost and fertiliser use. Current projects:

  • Effectiveness of the nitrification inhibitor "nitrapyrin" in selected Australian wheat belt soils. DOW Agrosciences
  • Enabling Landholders to adopt profitable and sustainable carbon cropping practice. Carbon action on the ground project. DAFF



Dr Condon lectures in soil-related subjects offered to agricultural, viticultural, horticultural and environmental science students. His main areas of teaching responsibility are soil science and soil management. Dr Condon is organizes an annual agriculture study tour to the Mekong Delta of Vietnam for CSU Agriculture students. He has also supervised 4 Honours students of the Graham Centre.

Dr Condon is currently supervising six postgraduate students of the Graham Centre.

Current Postgraduate

  • Felicity Harris "Relationship between earliness and vigour across a range of cereal species" 2008-2013.
  • Susan Orgill "Investigation of the role of perennial pastures in building soil carbon (C) in phase farming systems" 2008-2013.
  • Matthew Gardner "Best practice management of Chicory in an Australian context" 2008-2013.
  • David Gale "The potential of compost to ameliorate metal toxicities and increase phosphorous availability in Vietnamese agricultural production systems" 2013-2016.

Completed Postgraduate

  • David Deery - "Understanding plant water relations to increase water use efficiency" 2005-2009.
  • Navneet Brar "N fertiliser efficiency under conventional and no till wheat and rice farming systems"

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  • Agriculture in developing countries
  • Efficient use of fertiliser
  • Low input and organic farming

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Conyers M, Newton P, Condon J, Poile G, Mele P and Ash G(2012). Three long-term trials end with a quasi-equilibrium between soil C, N and pH: an implication for C sequestration. Soil Research 50, 527–535.

Deery DM, Passioura JB, Hutchinson PA, Condon JR and Katupitiya A (2012). Uptake of water from a Kandosol subsoil: I. Determination of soil water diffusivity. Plant and Soil, DOI 10.1007/s11104-012-1525-8.

Jin C, Du S, Wang Y, Condon J, Lin X and Zhang Y (2009). Carbon dioxide enrichment by composting in greenhouses and its effect on vegetable production. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 172, 418-424.

Evans J and Condon JR (2009). New Fertiliser Options for Managing Phosphorus for Organic and Low Input Farming Systems. Crop and Pasture Science 60(2), 152-162.

Condon JR, Black AS and Conyers MK (2005). The influence of potassium and defoliation of ryegrass on the formation of acidic subsurface layers in stock urine patches. Australian Journal of Soil Research 43, 213-223.

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