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Eastern summer croppers pin hopes on predicted rains

Neil Lyon, 13 December 2018

Rain falling today across Victoria is a promising forerunner to what the Bureau of Meteorology predicts will be widespread rains across much of the eastern Australia cropping zone over the next few days.

Drought maintains grip, but eased by November rains: BOM

Grain Central, 06 December 2018

November rainfall was above average across most of the Northern Territory, South Australia, the southern half of Western Australia, western Queensland, north eastern Tasmania, and large areas of New South Wales, but long timescale moisture deficiencies remain largely unchanged.

El Niño looms large; Indian Ocean Dipole holds positive

Grain Central, 21 November 2018

The tropical Pacific continues to meet some, but not all, El Niño criteria, while a positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) persists in the Indian Ocean, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook.

Dry conditions continue across most of NSW

Grain Central, 16 November 2018

The majority of New South Wales remains in drought despite average to above average rainfall over the past month, according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) State Seasonal Update for October.

Can SAM find the mojo to improve summer rain prospects?

Neil Lyon, 15 November 2018

While climate forecasters point to the recent development of an El Niño as a sign of dry times ahead, summer crop producers throughout the eastern farming zone may take heart from other climate indicators that are more optimistic about the likelihood of summer rains.

Summer rainfall outlook points to drier WA/Qld/Tas; wetter Vic/NSW: BOM

Grain Central, 15 November 2018

Large parts of WA are likely to be drier than average, along with western Tasmania and scattered parts of central Australia and Queensland which are likely to experience a drier-than-normal summer period, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook.

How much water have I stored since the last crop?

Guest Author, 13 November 2018

The importance of stored soil water comes to the forefront in seasons like this where, in the eastern farming zones, there has been little in-crop rain over winter followed by summer crop planting rain in those areas lucky enough to have received it.

Late rains deliver modest gains for NSW croppers

Neil Lyon, 08 November 2018

A rain front that passed over the drought-affected cropping regions of New South Wales yesterday brought a degree of 11th-hour relief to struggling winter crops and helped kick along emerging summer crops.

How much soil moisture does a summer crop need?

Grain Central, 07 November 2018

Calculating soil moisture will be a critical consideration in summer crop planting decisions this season with wide spread rain continuing to prove elusive across large areas of Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Hot, dry summer ahead as El Nino sets in

Neil Lyon, 24 October 2018

Recent rains across much of eastern Australia have been welcomed by farmers, but the outlook for further substantial falls into summer remains low with ominous signs of a dry-weather, El Nino pattern taking hold.