2017 Autumn Seasonal Forecast Report – now available!

2017 Seasonal Outlook Autumn Report – out now!

The latest Seasonal Report is now available! It uses data from the TFS soil probes and GrassGro, giving farmers localised pasture information over the next three months. For each of the ten soil probe locations, the report presents accurate predictions for grass growth and carrying capacity over Autumn and heading into winter.

John Klem, Bannister – “The report is telling me that over the next three months we are going to get somewhere near 2000 kgDM/Ha and that I should increase my stocking rate to match pasture growth, on this advice I am going out to buy stock to utilise the additional feed we have! We didn’t have that micro-level information before, we used to guess and hope things turned out ok.

 Less than 30km away in Gunning, the report is showing that in contrast we will have a fairly average Autumn with only 1200 kgDM/Ha. On that basis you might maintain normal stocking rates. In the past we would have all been trying to work off the same regional data. The probes are giving us much more localised information and the difference in pasture growth between Bannister and Gunning is testament to the impact it can have to our bottom line.

Click here to access the 2017 Seasonal Outlook Autumn Report.


2016 Spring Seasonal Forecasting Report – Out Now!

2016 Spring Seasonal Report

During 2016 South East Local Land Services, in conjunction with Tablelands Farming Systems and Monaro
Farming Systems established a network of soil moisture probes across the Southern Tablelands. As part of
this network nine moisture probes have been strategically positioned across the landscape to gather realtime
information on what’s happening to soil moisture under our pastures.

Moisture probes have been installed at the following locations:
– Boorowa
– Bigga
– Laggan
– Bannister
– Gunning
– Lake Bathurst
– Braidwood
– Cooma.

Soil moisture information is provided in real-time, with measurements taken at 10 cm increments down to
a depth of 1 m. Soil temperature is also recorded every 10 cm. Each site also features an automatic rain
gauge which records rainfall on an hourly basis.

One of the major benefits of collecting soil moisture data is it gives us an indication of how much moisture
we have in the profile at any given time – i.e. is the ‘bucket’ full, half full or almost empty? Having some
understanding of current soil moisture provides an extra piece of valuable information which can be used
to increase your confidence with decision making at critical stages of the season


Factsheet 1: Weather forecasting explained

TFS Factsheet no1_April 2016_weather forecasting explained

This factsheet contains information on how to better understand weather maps, help to interpret weather information and develop an appreciation for those factors that drive weather and seasonal change that directly impacts our region. It is the first instalment of the TFS Factsheet Series, covering practical information to support farm businesses.

Media Release: Growing the future of Tablelands Farming Systems

Read all about Tablelands Farming Systems in a media release talking about the new soil probe project. Further enquiries, contact Jen Medway by email tablelandsfarming@gmail.com

Seasonal forecasting, regional factsheets, benchmarking projects and workshops on better business planning are just some of the initiatives Tablelands Farming Systems (TFS) will run over the next three years with funding from the South East Local Land Services (LLS).

TFS was recently announced as one of only 31 groups to receive funding under the South East LLS’ Community, Industry and Landscapes Fund, securing $150,000 over three years for new and continuing TFS initiatives….

Read more by visiting TFS Media Release_May 2016