Farmers in the Riverine Plains region now have free access to two additional weather stations and moisture probes, installed at Bungeet and Miepoll.
The installation is part of a project facilitated by Riverine Plains.
Research and extension officer Dr Cassandra Schefe said access to real-time weather information was important.
‘‘Weather patterns, topography and soil types all vary across a region and while there are official BOM weather stations located at Shepparton, Yarrawonga, Wangaratta and Benalla, these may not reflect conditions at individual locations across the Goulburn Broken catchment,’’ she said.
‘‘Local weather stations, such as those recently installed at Bungeet and Miepoll, can act to fill the void across the region and work to help farmers save time when making decisions.’’
The on-farm weather stations continuously record air temperature, rainfall, humidity, wind speed and direction, with the data used to calculate Delta T for spraying, fire safety during grain harvest, as well as frost risk.
Soil moisture probes installed at varying depth increments at the sites also provide information to help farmers monitor crop water use and fertiliser application.
The new weather stations complement Riverine Plains’ existing weather stations located at Barooga, Berrigan, Culcairn, Henty, Howlong Lockhart, Pleasant Hills, Rand, Redlands, Dookie, Rutherglen Telford, Yabba and Yarrawonga.
■For more information, visit riverineplains.org.au