In this edition:
- The Victorian dairy state round up
- Victorian seasonal climate summary and outlook
- Farmer case studies
- Timing of the break in Victorian dairy regions
- Seasonal soil moisture condition assessment
- Managing the season ahead: Autumn 2019
Welcome to the 2019 autumn edition of Milking the Weather.
The 2018–19 summer rainfall deciles across the state in the main dairy regions, ranged between 2 and 6 but were mostly in the ‘below average’ range of 2 to 3.
All three Gippsland dairy regions (South and West and Coastal East) recorded decile 2. Shepparton (in the North) and Terang and Birregurra (in the South West) were also in the ‘below average’ range with a decile of 3 recorded.
Rochester and Kerang (in the North) and Warrnambool (in the South West) were in the ‘average’ range of 4 to 7 deciles. Most climate models show no real tendencies toward either a wet, average, or dry autumn for Victoria. A frustrating but common occurrence this time of year, hence the need to plan for any eventuality.