Expressions of interest called for Farming Forecaster project

Riverina Local Land Services is seeking expressions of interest in the Farming Forecaster project, and nominations of 20 new forecaster sites to be added to the platform in the eastern Riverina. These sites ideally will be based around an existing weather station and/or soil moisture probe.

The online tool (Farming Forecaster) uses CSIRO modelling, soil moisture probes, and weather data to help farmers manage stocking rates and feed budgets. This provides a dynamic and real-time pasture and grazing tool to farmers that will offer predictive insights.

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.

For more information on the project, please read the following factsheet Farming Forecaster for the Riverina.

To make an expression of interest for the project, please fill out the form through this link: Farming Forecaster for the Riverina (wufoo.com)

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Geoff Minchin:

Email: geoffrey.minchin@lls.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 0429 842 489

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