Local land departments encourage use of Farming Forecaster app – News Of The Area

Angus Hobson checks his soil moisture probe, the data from which is sent to CSIRO and eventually ends up on the Farm Forecaster website. Supplied: Monaro Farming Systems.

FARMING is sometimes a risky business, and with uncertainties that cannot be controlled such as weather and commodity markets, it helps to really understand what is going on in your paddock.

Local land departments have worked with a combination of landowners and industry groups through the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund to develop an online tool that brings together local soil moisture monitoring, local weather forecasts and CSIRO pasture modeling to create the “Farming Forecaster”.

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The Farming Forecaster website pulls all this information together and presents it in an easy-to-understand way so farmers can use it to manage stocking rates and feed budgets with real-time data.

This project is supported by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and thanks to the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.

Farming Forecaster is also supported by the Future Drought Fund, Mid-Coast Dairy Advancement Group, Glencore, MACH Energy, Upper-Hunter Sustainable Farming Group, Dungog-Gresford Land and Beef Group and Singleton Beef and Land Management Association.

Matt Lieschke is the Senior Agriculture Advisor – Livestock for Southeast Local Lands Departments and believes this app will help provide information easily to those who need it.

“Agricultural forecasting is a decision-making tool for breeders.

“For the first time, we are bringing together real-time information on soil moisture, predicted pasture availability and performance loss, as well as local weather data in a single platform accessible at the fingertips of farmers. said Mr. Lieschke.

There are eighteen probes in the MidCoast/Hunter region, including Bulahdelah, Gloucester, Krambach and Taree, which provide information on soil moisture, changes, current weather and humidity, as well as comparisons of current data against historical data from the probe.

For more information about the site and the app, go to https://www.farmingforecaster.com.au/.

By Tara Campbell

Gregory M. Roy