Brenda Shackley
Research Officer
Brenda Shackley

My role in the department

I am a wheat agronomy Research Officer based at the Katanning district office. I am currently working on the DPIRD/GRDC project Tactical wheat agronomy for the west. Together with other members of the wheat agronomy team based at Esperance, Northam, Merredin and Geraldton, we have an objective to increase industry profitability by delivering updated decision support information that illustrates the effect of key agronomic management practices on commercially available and near to release wheat varieties. This is a state wide field based research project focused on wheat varieties and their management. Research will address agronomic issues identified in conjunction with the WA Crop Agronomy Reference Group.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 9821 3243
+61 (0)477 735 881

My background

I have more than 25 years of experience in research and extension for the wheat industry. The primary focus of my role is field based research in the Great Southern and Lakes region. In 1995 I was awarded a GRDC training award to study starch quality via the Flour Swelling Volume method for six months at the Wheat Quality Laboratory, Pullman, USA.  Specialising in wheat phenology and wheat agronomy with a focus on varieties to capture early sowing opportunities.


  • Tactical wheat agronomy - Flower Power
  • Tactical wheat agronomy for the west - Long season wheats
  • Tactical wheat agronomy for the low rainfall - Nitrogen response
  • Tactical agronomy for the low rainfall - plant density and N response of selected wheat varieties

Key Expertise

Wheat phenology, wheat flowering, wheat varieties, wheat research, wheat agronomy, field trials


  • BSc (Agriculture), University of Western Australia (1987)