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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
Mention of a trade name or company in this publication does not imply endorsement of any product or company by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia... Overall, the DAFWA indices suggest that a more optimistic approach to decision-making is recommended in 2006 and confidence in this assessment would be enhanced if a La Ni a develops... The needs analysis has enabled an assessment of the distribution of farmers along the pathway from initial awareness through to final adoption of CRM information and tools being offered by various organisations...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Growers have unprecedented access to historical climate records for risk assessment plus a range of options from four-day weather forecasts to seasonal climate outlooks to forecasts of ocean behaviour for nine months ... The use of the tools will improve the risk management aspect of decision making in an uncertain environment and over time improve the net cost benefits to individual growers... The project recognised the need to address the lack of a formal tool to integrate information that influences decision making at the strategic, tactical and operational levels into a framework structured around a calendar of decision points...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
The project has illustrated and quantified the historical variability associated with several climate products that are important to the Australian agriculture sector... The best methods for making the project outputs available are to be finalised, but suggestions include: via Climate Kelpie via something similar to, or an extension of, FutureWise working with Econnect Communication (www.econnect.com.au), or a similar company, to liaise with the Climate Champions program to determine which formats and ways of disseminating the information emerging from this project are most useful working directly with the Climate Champions in a similar way to how the Bureau of Meteorology(BoM) Water and the Land (WATL, www.bom.gov.au/watl) products are evaluated against user preferences via 'CliMate' - David Freebairn's 'Climate Analyser' tool... The project has illustrated and quantified, across Australia and for nine targeted grain growing regions, the climate variability that is already experienced and needs to be taken into account as part of climate risk management...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
The experience of climate extremes can influence growers in their decision making in subsequent years, even though the risk of the particular event reoccurring is minimal... website will collate regional specific climate, weather, soil, crop and economic information, via an online interactive program to assist farmers and advisers in making informed decisions at various stages during the cropping cycle... CropMate is an interactive internet site for the grains industry designed to be to use for advisors, agronomist and farmers across eastern states (NSW, Queensand, Victoria and South Australia)...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
CropMate proves the grain growers' friend.. A Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)-funded online decision support tool - CropMate - is helping grain growers make sense of weather and climate information... "The CropMate tool is an example of how innovative research can be used to support grain grower decision making by incorporating research data, particularly around fertiliser use, variety performance, water use efficiency and sowing time, agronomic knowledge and climate information into the decision support tool," Professor Herridge said...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
CropMate has been developed by Industry & Investment NSW using data from the Bureau of Meteorology and the QCCCE (Queensland Climate Change Centre of Excellence)... With inputs of commodity prices and growing costs, he compares a gross margins for wheat, durum, barley, canola, chickpea and faba beans that have been weighted according to the latest seasonal forecasts... 4. Tracking the season pages presents observations for the month, comparisons of accumulated rainfall, decision tool for nitrogen topdressing, a calculator to compare the outcome when salvaging crops for hay, silage or grazing and a top dressing decision tool...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
With inputs of commodity prices and growing costs, he compares a gross margins for wheat, durum, barley, canola, chickpea and faba beans that have been weighted according to the latest seasonal forecasts... 4. Tracking the season pages presents observations for the month, comparisons of accumulated rainfall, decision tool for nitrogen topdressing, a calculator to compare the outcome when salvaging crops for hay, silage or grazing and a top dressing decision tool... The CropMate tool is an example of how innovative research can be used to support grain grower decision making by incorporating research data, particularly around fertiliser use, variety performance, water use efficiency and sowing time, agronomic knowledge and climate information into the decision support tool...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
From not havIng enough informatIon about the weather, farmers are In danger of havIng too much, wrItes Peter Hayman.. As John Naisbitt wrote about information in his book Megatrends : "We have for the first time an economy based on a key resource that is not only renewable, but self-generating... The Yield Prophet project, run from Birchip in Victoria, allows farmers to use the internet to access the sophisticated cropping systems model APSIM...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Growers: Susan, Ben and Ben Carn Region: Quorn, Flinders Ranges, South Australia Commodities: wheat, barley, Merino sheep, feedlot for lambs Farming area: 11,000 ha (2000 arable) Annual average rainfall: 220 to 300 mm.. In the article, Susan considers the lessons of the past three years for their cropping and sheep operation... Using a combination of seasonal forecasts, being more conservative with cropping, and shifting grazing and lambing times, Susan feels confident about the future...
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