May 27

Landcare grant for soil moisture education

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Friday, May 27, 2016

Member for Riverina Michael McCormack and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Keith Pitt announced funding for two local applicants under the National Landcare Programme Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round 2015-16.
Mr McCormack said FarmLink at Temora and Bruie Plains Landcare Group had received grants which will support Australia’s vibrant, innovative and competitive agriculture sector.
“FarmLink will receive $55,000 to support their successful project helping local farmers understand soil moisture conditions to boost their productivity,” Mr McCormack said.
“This project will help share local knowledge and skills across the sector to boost farm productivity and protect the natural resources that our agricultural industries depend on.
“The Bruie Plains Landcare Group has been provided with $11,000 to deliver a holistic grazing management course for Central West farmers to help empower landholders and lift their production.
“The Small Grants Round is an important component of the National Landcare Programme which ultimately delivers on the Coalition Government’s commitment to support profitable returns at the farmgate.
“I congratulate both organisations and I look forward to seeing these projects deliver results for our local farmers.”
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Keith Pitt said the Nationals in Government were working closely with volunteer Landcare groups and farming organisations to strengthen the Landcare program and prioritise works where they can have greatest impact.
“The Coalition’s strong investment of $1 billion over four years in the National Landcare Programme demonstrates our great commitment to support Landcare in Australia and ensure our lands remain a solid foundation for our agricultural sector,” Mr Pitt said.
“Projects like FarmLink and Bruie Plains will contribute greatly to increasing the knowledge and skills sharing of local farmers, leading to higher productivity and yields, and boosting the local economy.”

May 24

New Seasonal Outlook Model Warmly Welcomed

Posted by Cindy Cassidy at Friday, May 24, 2013

The introduction by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) of a new model in its three-month seasonal outlooks will provide grain growers with more reliable information to manage climate risk and guide their cropping activities, according to the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).


The BoM has switched to a dynamical, or physics-based, climate model known as the Predictive Ocean Atmosphere Model for Australia (POAMA), which replaces the statistical climate model that compared current conditions with historical climate.


The new model, which lays the foundation for further increases in forecast accuracy over the coming decades, has been welcomed by the GRDC and the Managing Climate Variability (MCV) Program, which is administered by the GRDC for a consortium of agricultural industry partners.


The MCV Program, with funding from GRDC and partners, has supported development and evaluation of the new POAMA system which forms the basis of the BoM’s Seasonal Climate Outlooks which are updated each month. POAMA has been refined over more than 10 years of R&D by the BoM and CSIRO.


MCV Program science manager Dr Beverley Henry says the new model will enable the MCV Program to provide grain growers with more reliable intelligence to assist with climate risk management and planning of seasonal activities.


Dr Henry says while statistical-based models still have a role, they are becoming less reliable because of trends in rainfall and temperature patterns in recent years. The new dynamical model combines the physics of the atmosphere, oceans, land and ice to calculate the likely climate conditions across Australia for the next three months.


“The reliability of seasonal forecasts is extremely important for grain growers. Advances in data and computing technology are constantly enhancing the accuracy of the seasonal outlooks, and the new POAMA model is another step forward,” Dr Henry said.

Source: GRDC