Glen Riethmuller
Development Officer
Glen Riethmuller

My role in the department

I conduct machinery research on broadscale crops, such as improving seeders, sprayers and harvesters. I am keen on showing growers the benefits of a controlled traffic farming system. Preserving the soil properties for maximum crop production is hard without controlled traffic as modern machinery is getting much heavier. I believe autonomous vehicles have huge potential in agriculture to reduce dangerous, boring, repetitive or skilled labour shortages.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 9081 3111
+61 (0)417 975 360

My background

I have more than 30 years experience in agricultural research on cereal and pulse crops in Western Australia. I am originally from a black soil farm near Toowoomba Qld where I completed my Ag. Engineering degree. Then I moved to the USA for a masters degree in Ag. Engineering and finally in Merredin for farm machinery research. Currently I am the national chair of the Society for Engineering in Agriculture of Engineers Australia.

Projects

  • Minimising the impact of soil compaction on crop yield. Involved with using controlled traffic technology to reduce the area of compacted soil - DAW00243
  • Sub-soil constraints - understanding and management. Deep ripping with amerolients with precision agriculture techniques can improve crop yield - DAW00242
  • Soil constraints initiative – management of sodic and magnesic soils. Water harvesting seeding machinery, such as the Wesley Wheels, may improve crop yields in a water limited environment - DAQ00200

Key Expertise

Farm machinery, autonomous vehicles, tractors, autosteer, seeders, seed drill, press wheels, sprayers, harvesting machinery, cereal, pulses, precision agriculture, UAV for NDVI images, non-chemical weed control, controlled traffic machinery.

Qualifications

  • M. Sc. (Agric. Eng.), Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Ok, USA.
  • B. Eng. (Agric), Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (now USQ)