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Crop and Pasture Management

Crop and Pasture Management

The resources on this page are of relevance to SA farmers and regional communities. They are to assist in decision making and potential practice change to build drought preparedness and resilience. Further information on crop and pasture management is available through the SA Drought Hub team, including the Farming Systems Adoption Officer and Knowledge Broker.

Dry season information
The Future Drought Fund’s Drought Self Assessment Tool (DR.SAT)

The Future Drought Fund’s Drought Self Assessment Tool (DR.SAT) is free and enables users to:

  • Undertake satellite image and NDVI comparison of their properties between different dates
  • Obtain climatic projections and long-term trends for their property
  • Assess the farm business’s current resilience to drought in the areas of economic, social and environmental management
  • Set goals for building drought resilience.

The tool can be accessed at: www.drsat.com.au

The Future Drought Fund’s My Climate View (formerly Climate Services for Agriculture)

The Future Drought Fund’s My Climate View (formerly Climate Services for Agriculture) tool provides users with location-specific information on seasonal and monthly rainfall outlooks, and medium and longer term climate projections for rainfall and temperature.

The tool can be accessed at: myclimateview.com.au

Managing dry times and drought: planning for resilience and recovery

Dry times and drought pose a key risk to farm businesses. Farmers, pastoralists and land managers should develop a management plan to mitigate this risk. This fact sheet summarises why such plans are needed and what they should include.

Download the Managing dry times and drought fact sheet.

For more information on business and risk management for farmers, visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regions website.

Water-Smart Farming Manual – GRDC

Strategies for optimising water use efficiency of your grain growing system

This manual describes the latest research on maximising your rainfall and provides new strategies for increasing your yield, farm profit and resilience to changes in rainfall.

Water-Smart Farming Manual

Dealing with the dry – GRDC

Resources from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) including:

  • Agronomy for dry conditions
  • Harvest or hay making informed decisions.

Dealing with the dry – GRDC

Pasture sustainability and management in drought – NSW Department of Primary Industries

This fact sheet from the NSW Department of Primary Industries includes infromation on:

  • Causes of stress on pastures
  • Factos that need to be considered
  • Useful pasture management strategies
  • pastures in semi-arid rangelands.

Pasture sustainability and management in drought (nsw.gov.au)

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