The Farming Forecaster uses data from local on-farm soil moisture probes and weather stations, along with CSIRO’s farm simulation modelling tool Grass Gro, to create real-time updates of pasture conditions and forecasts up to four months ahead.
The system uses recent weather, soil moisture, pasture production and livestock performance information to create this real time pasture-livestock model for our producers.
The Farm Forecaster tool has been used in various other Local Land Services regions such as the Hunter and South East, where many livestock producers found the online tool to provide significant benefits to the farming business. These include managing stocking rates, preparing for climate variability, making decisions for potential costs, and organising supplementary feed requirements.
The Farm Forecaster tool was developed by a consortium of farm groups – Tablelands Farming Systems (TFS), Monaro Farming Systems, Bookham Ag Bureau, and South East LLS working with CSIRO and Square V Website Developers. This project is funded by the Commonwealth’s National Landcare program.
- soil moisture probe and automatic rain guage installed
- soil profile characterisation for the site
- GrassGro Farm system modelled for the local area.
Contact: Rebecca Stacey, SLSO Deniliquin
The Riverina Soil Moisture Probe Network (Farming Forecaster)
The network provides graziers with real time soil moisture data; helping understand the current soil moisture to increase producer confidence in key decision-making times.
- at least 1 bar of 4G mobile reception
- a representative paddock for the farm/local area in terms of soil type, pasture species and general management
- a location with easy access for potential site visits and field days.
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