THE CLIMATE KELPIE BLOG

Land managers usually have a pretty good idea of how the season is panning out. But when it comes to making important decisions it really pays to add some concrete data to the mix. The Australian CliMate app is a tool designed to put vital climate data into the hands of decision makers. Feedback has […]
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There are pretty long odds on keeping cattle productive when the northern wet season fails to deliver. But Queensland cattle producer, Ian MacGibbon, has a strategy to meet that challenge head on. “You don’t make money speculating on rainfall,” he says, “managing risk by managing costs is vital.” His 13,700-hectare property is spread between St […]
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Climate variability is one of the biggest challenges in agriculture. One season too dry; the next too wet. From frost to heatwaves, each extreme has its own risk. While it is impossible to control the weather, a better understanding of climate risk can help primary producers minimise its potential to impact on their business. A […]
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While farmers are often adept judges of crop and pasture yield potential, soil moisture monitoring technology now provides concrete data on plant available moisture to help drive decision making. Image 1: Soil moisture monitoring probes have been established at dryland cropping and pasture locations throughout Victoria. Source: Dale Boyd. Real time data from Agriculture Victoria’s […]
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When Gillian Sanbrook moved from the Riverina plains at Jerilderie to the Wymah Valley, in the South West Slopes of NSW, she expected to find reliable rainfall and plenty of cattle feed. But the area known for its 750mm annual average rainfall has been anything but cooperative. Since she arrived on the 990-hectare property, Bibbaringa, […]
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