Innovation to support on-farm decision making

South East Local Land Services in conjunction with Tablelands Farming Systems and Monaro Farming Systems has established a network of moisture probes across the Southern Tablelands and Monaro.

As part of this network 14 moisture probes have been strategically positioned across the landscape to better understand current soil moisture levels in grazing systems. Moisture probes have been installed at the following locations:  Boorowa, Bigga, Taralga, Laggan, Wheeo, Grabben Gullen, Bannister, Gunning, Lake Bathurst, Braidwood, Cooma (two), Delegate and Bombala.

Soil moisture information is provided in real-time, with measurements taken at 10 cm increments down to a depth of 1 m. Soil temperature is also recorded every 10 cm. Each site features an automatic rain gauge which records rainfall on an hourly basis.

To support decision making, a three month ‘seasonal outlook’ for each of the 14 localities will be produced every autumn and spring. The first of these outlooks (seasonal outlook - spring 2016) is publicly available.

A dedicated website to host the probe information and seasonal outlook reports is currently being developed and will be up and running in early 2017.

This project is part of the $25 million of National Landcare Programme investment that Local Land Services is delivering to boost farm gate productivity and improve economical health across NSW.

For further information on this project contact Matthew Lieschke or phone 02 4824 1913.