Podcast regular, Food Agility CRC chief scientist, David Lamb returns to tell us about the role agtech will play in reporting growers’ water efficiency credentials to consumers.

We speak to Goanna Ag’s John Pattinson about their smart irrigation management solution, GoField. GoField is used across 250,000 hectares of cotton and aims to deliver water, energy and workforce efficiencies.

We also chat to Queensland cotton grower Nigel Corish, who has been using the GoField solution to improve irrigation workflows, increase yield and reduce the amount of water needed to produce each bale of cotton.



Dave is a physicist and has worked in precision agriculture for more than 25 years. In this time, he has led more than 40 R&D projects and championed the concept of smart farming. He led the launch of Australia’s first SMART Farm at the University of New England and, more recently, the Global Digital Farm at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

In addition to his role as Chief Scientist at Food Agility, David took on the additional role of Deputy CEO on 1 November 2023. He also holds adjunct and visiting Professor appointments at University of New England, Charles Sturt University and the University of Technology Sydney.


John Pattinson is the Chief Development Officer at Goanna Ag and he thrives on conceiving ground-breaking solutions focused on adding value to our customers. With 35 years experience in agribusiness, John engages with customers to facilitate Goanna Ag’s innovative solutions into their business. He believes the real value Goanna Ag provides is not about data, but the actionable decision support that data underpins.


Nigel Corish is a food and fibre producer from Goondiwindi QLD, Nigel is the managing director of New Leaf Ag, which is part of the Corish Farms group. New Leaf Ag owns and leases properties is the Condamine area on the western darling downs in QLD producing cotton, wheat, barely, chickpeas, and sorghum. Nigel has completed a bachelor of Agronomy and has over 20 years experience in farming and agriculture.