Ian Ludwig, Senior Agricultural Officer for SARDI has retired


26th June 2024
After 33 years of service, Ian Ludwig, Senior Agricultural Officer for South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), has retired. 
Ian is known throughout the agricultural industry for his contributions to the SARDI Agronomy team based at Struan Research Centre. Ian has been an integral member of SARDI with un-surpassed knowledge and expertise in cropping trial work.

After 33 years of service, Ian Ludwig, Senior Agricultural Officer for South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), has retired.

Ian is known throughout the agricultural industry for his contributions to the SARDI Agronomy team based at Struan Research Centre. Ian has been an integral member of SARDI with un-surpassed knowledge and expertise in cropping trial work.

Ian started his employment with the Department of Agriculture, as it was then known, South East Headquarters, in December 1990. He worked at Kybybolite Research Centre from 1991 until 1994. During his time there, he worked on dryland grasses and was the leading hand managing the cropping program. In 1994, Ian secured a position with the SARDI Agronomy team, and this was the beginning of his career at the Struan Research Centre. His first research project investigated boron toxicity in the Mallee. From 1994 until his retirement in April 2024, Ian has worked on a number of research projects across the State.

His on ground delivery of field trial management expertise has evolved from working with our traditional crops including cereals, canola, pulses and pastures to expanding into alternative crops, such as hemp, poppies, quinoa, sunflowers, safflower, and linseed in the South East.

Ian has been involved in delivering trials and supporting outcomes for the local farming system group, MacKillop Farm Management Group (MFMG). He was a part of the founding team, which started with a bus trip. He has been on the MFMG committee in some form since its inception, helping to develop and deliver trials, run field days and often cooking a BBQ and having a chat with growers.

Ian has been a leader in on ground delivery of field trial research for the South East. His enthusiasm, mechanical skills and initiative has been highly valued within SARDI. We wish Ian a wonderful retirement.

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