Climate webinars

Our webinars

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We run regular webinars on topics relevant to primary producers and others working in agriculture.

A range of topics discussed include:

  • seasonal risk
  • climate change projections and impacts
  • adaptation opportunities
  • innovative farming practices
  • soil moisture monitoring.

Our webinars are free for anybody to view.

Upcoming webinars

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12 October 2021, 12–1pm

Agriculture Victoria is hosting a number of webinars for busy people chasing fast facts about climate and agriculture research.

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Previous webinars

You can view previous webinars using the links and passwords below. Please note that some webinars may not play in some browsers so you may need to try a range of different ones.

If there is a previous webinar you would like to view but the link is not provided below, please email climate.webinars@agriculture.vic.gov.au

2021

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Date: 12pm, Wednesday 21 July 2021

Outline

The draft Primary Production Adaptation Action Plan (AAP) is one of seven plans being developed by the Victorian Government to ensure Victoria is climate resilient now and in the future.

In this webinar recording you will learn about the draft Primary Production Adaptation Action Plan (AAP), what it means for Victoria’s primary industries and how to provide feedback. You will also hear about the Water Cycle AAP.

Why is the Victorian Government preparing a Primary Production AAP?

  • Adaptation will reduce climate change risks, build resilience and harness adaptation opportunities of primary industries.
  • Primary industries are already adapting to climate change, but more action is needed. The draft Primary Production AAP seeks to build on the work that primary industries are already doing to adapt to climate change.

Communities, businesses and governments are working together to lay a solid foundation for a climate-resilient Victoria for the long term and tackle the impacts of climate change.

The draft Primary Production AAP and the other six plans are open for consultation until Friday 6 August and can be found at Engage Victoria.

Presented by:

  • Professor Lauren Rickards, RMIT
  • Julie Webb, Primary Production AAP Lead, DJPR
  • Laura Downes, Water Cycle AAP Lead, DELWP

Recording – The draft Primary Production Adaptation Action Plan

Transcript – The draft Primary Production Adaptation Action Plan

Duration: 61 minute (including questions)

Date: 12 pm, Thursday 6 May 2021

Outline

Originally launched in 2015/16, the Climate Change in Australia website, Australia’s national climate change projections website, has recently been refreshed to improve accessibility and searchability of the climate projections information within the website.

Based on user feedback, the website now has new content, including pages on interpreting the future climate by the level of global warming. It also has a new look, better navigation menus, and an improved search function; making content much easier to find. The refresh aims to ensure the climate change projections information, data and tools are more easily accessible to help decision-makers better understand their current and future climate risks.

In this webinar recording, John Clarke and Michael Grose from the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub (CSIRO) walk through the refreshed website, highlighting improvements and new content as well as touching on popular tools and content within the website.

Presented by:

  • John Clarke, CSIRO
  • Michael Grose, CSIRO

Recording - Navigating climate change projections just got a whole lot easier. A look inside the refreshed Climate Change in Australia website

Transcript – Navigating climate change projections just got a whole lot easier. A look inside the refreshed Climate Change in Australia website

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Duration: 62 minute (including questions)

Date: 12 pm, Wednesday 24 March 2021

Outline

Stubble management can be a complex issue for farmers. Stubble retention has well-documented benefits, including nutrient recycling, reduced erosion, improved rainfall infiltration and reduced moisture evaporation. Retaining stubbles also improves soil health and biology. For seasons with large stubble loads there is room to put some of it into other productive uses.

In this webinar recording Graeme Anderson explains the basic carbon cycle and the benefits of putting stubbles into building products to capture carbon for the long term.

Steve Layfield from Ortech Industries shares how they are contributing to positive carbon farming by using straw stubbles in building products which would otherwise be burnt after harvest contributing to carbon emissions.

Ray Davies from the Pyrenees Shire Council discusses how local farmers are converting stubble straw to energy as one means of alleviating the need to burn stubbles in autumn. Ray shares a pilot project at the Skipton Hospital where straw pellets will be used as a replacement for LPG to meet the thermal demand for hydronic heating and hot water. Other investigations include opportunities for combined heat and power in manufacturing and potential for a biogas plant.

Presented by:

  • Graeme Anderson, Agriculture Victoria
  • Steve Layfield, Ortech Industries
  • Ray Davies, Central Highlands Straw Alliance

Recording – Stubble, straw and carbon – panels, pellets and alternative uses

Transcript – Stubble, straw and carbon – panels, pellets and alternative uses

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Duration 60 minute (including questions)

Date: 12 pm, Tuesday 2 March 2021

Outline

Sheep farmers are on the front line of dealing with changes in the weather. We can't control the weather, but we can make timely management and business decisions to have control over its impacts. We need to make sure our sheep systems are designed to handle the variable seasons, driving productivity when seasons permit and flexing if adverse seasonal conditions occur.

In this webinar recording Jason discusses the impacts of climate variability on farming businesses and highlights opportunities to improve business resilience in a variable environment.

On a daily basis farmers are having to juggle many factors to make big decisions. Decisions that affect not only their livelihoods but the well-being of themselves and their families, their animals and their landscape. The complexity of this ongoing juggling act is exacerbated by our highly variable environment but it's those producers that have established the flexible strategies in their business and deploy proactive tactical decision making and management that can adapt most effectively.

Improving the consistency of profits means that you need a production system that can make money across most years not just the good ones. This means we need to be proactive and have strategies in place that can quickly adjust to the individual circumstances of a production season.

Presenter

Dr Jason Trompf, Agriculture Consultant, Lambs Alive

Panelists

Tim Gubbins, Farm Manager, Terinallum

Recording – Managing seasonal variability in the Victorian sheep industry

Transcript – Managing seasonal variability in the Victorian sheep industry

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Duration: 1 hour 3 minute (including questions)

2020

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Date: 12 pm, Wednesday 9 December 2020

Outline

Many different weather systems can cause rainfall in Victoria, but most of our rainfall can be traced back to either a thunderstorm, a low-pressure system, or a cold front. Days when these different systems interact are particularly important for days with heavy rainfall.

In this webinar recording Acacia highlights the importance of different weather systems and how they vary between different parts of Victoria, and what changes in lows and fronts in recent decades can tell us about rainfall declines during the cool half of the year.

Lyndon and Dale share what these changes mean on farm and how farmers are adapting their farming systems.

Presenter

Acacia Pepler, Bureau of Meteorology

Panelists

Dale Grey and Lyndon Kubeil, Agriculture Victoria

Recording – Which weather systems cause Victoria’s rainfall, and how are they changing?

Transcript – Which weather systems cause Victoria’s rainfall, and how are they changing?

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Duration 1 hour 34 minutes (including questions)

Date: 12 pm, Monday 30 November 2020

Outline

Year to year climate variability is a major source of risk to grain grower profitability, which is why the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) teamed up with Agriculture Victoria in 2018 to deliver a new ‘Using seasonal forecast information and tools' project for the Southern GRDC Region. This project has extended the successful seasonal forecast commentary ‘The Break’ products to also include South Australia, Tasmania and southern NSW.

In this webinar recording the presenters share what has been achieved during the three years of this project, the new forecast products, local climate tools and training workshops, and you can hear insights into how the project has been working with the grains industry to improve the way we can communicate and use seasonal climate forecast information in southeast Australia.

Presenters

Graeme Anderson, Agriculture Victoria

Randall Wilksch, GRDC, SA

Mark Stanley, Regional Connections Pty Ltd

Dale Grey, Agriculture Victoria

Jemma Pearl, Agriculture Victoria

Recording – Using seasonal forecasts in south-eastern Australia

Transcript – Using seasonal forecasts in south-eastern Australia

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Duration 1 hour 1 minute (including questions)

Date: 12 pm Tuesday 17 November 2020

Outline

As weather patterns and our climate is changing, many producers and industries are already responding. Adaptation and planning for the future needs to be informed by the most up-to-date climate science.

In this webinar recording Rebecca shares the recently released Australia's Wine Future – A Wine Climate Atlas, a collaborative industry effort which showcases how Victoria's wine region climates have changed and what is expected in coming decades.

Presenters

Dr Rebecca Harris, University of Tasmania

Panel

Dr Sharon Harvey, Wine Australia

Dr Mardi Longbottom, Australian Wine Research Institute

Rob Sutherland, Viticulturist and Vineyard Manager De Bortoli Wines

Recording – Future climate and insights for the wine industry – new wine Climate Atlas

Transcript – Future climate and insights for the wine industry – new wine Climate Atlas

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Duration 1 hour 4 minutes (including questions)

Date: 12 pm Thursday 22 October 2020

Outline

Higher summer temperatures and greater frequency of extreme temperature events, along with water scarcity, are likely to be the major climate change related threats to irrigated agriculture in the Mallee.

In this webinar recording, the project team summarises the findings from a recent project to assess the likely impact of future climates on dominant irrigated crops in the Mallee.  We hear how the results from this work have provided input into the development of adaptive management strategies.

Presenters

Natalie Mason, Agriculture Victoria

Anna Roberts, Natural Decisions

Don Arnold, Mallee CMA

Recording – Applying climate change modelling for irrigated horticulture in the Victorian Mallee

Transcript – Applying climate change modelling for irrigated horticulture in the Victorian Mallee

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Duration 1 hour 3 minutes (including questions)

Date: 12 pm Tuesday 8 October 2020

Outline

The relationship between climate and agriculture is complex with the degree of dependency being variable across different landscapes and management practices.

In this webinar recording, Craig summarises the sources of available climate data (including historical, seasonal projections and future climate scenarios) and shares examples of how to use these data sets to support insights for future agricultural production.

Presenter

Dr Craig Beverly is a Senior Research Scientist with Agriculture Victoria and has 20 years' experience in the formulation, development and application of numerical models to simulate natural resource systems. In his current role, Craig is developing a range of biophysical models to support economic and policy analysis of landscape systems including an integrated biophysical catchment model capable of assessing the impacts of land management on surface hydrology, groundwater, nutrient dynamics, sediment transport and vegetation dynamics under current and future climates.

Recording – Using climate data for insights on future production

Transcript – Using climate data for insights on future production 

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Duration: 1 hour 1 minute (including questions)

Date: 12 pm Tuesday 15 September 2020

Outline

In this webinar, Lachlan shares how the Embedding Climate Adaptation into Agriculture project has used climate change projections and applied these to assess potential impacts on agriculture production in North East Victoria. Lachlan also shares the spatial tools and engagement approach that have been developed which help guide discussions about climate adaptation pathways.

Presenter

Lachlan Campbell is the Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator for the North East and the project leader for the 'Embedding Climate Adaptation in Agriculture' project funded through the National Landcare project. Lachlan has 15 years' experience working on a range of projects supporting sustainable agriculture and is passionate about agriculture, community resilience, community leadership and supporting landholders to make good decisions.

Recording – Embedding climate adaptation into agriculture in north east Victoria

Transcript – Embedding climate adaptation into agriculture in north east Victoria

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Duration: 1 hour 1 minute (including questions)

In this webinar, Dale Boyd will provide a explanation and walk-through of the new Agriculture Victoria website soil moisture monitoring dashboard.

This will include navigating the website to find the soil moisture probe nearest to you and interpreting the data collected at that site.

Dale Boyd shares his expert knowledge in how soil moisture information can be used to make valuable and informed seasonal risk decisions.

Recording – Soil moisture monitoring dashboard update

Transcript – Soil moisture monitoring dashboard update

Date: 12 pm Thursday 21 May 2020

Outline

In this webinar, Dale Boyd will provide a seasonal update of the cropping soil moisture conditions as measured by the Agriculture Victoria moisture probe network. This will include a review of the distribution of summer rain and impacts of the Autumn break and how this season is tracking compared to last year and other years in the monitoring period of the probes.

Presenter

Dale Boyd is a seasonal risk agronomist in the grains team with Agriculture Victoria based out of Echuca. He has worked with the department for 20 years and during that time has worked on a range of projects linked to monitoring soil moisture, irrigated cropping, and the current seasonal risk work. This work is a state-wide technology adoption project that uses deep soil moisture probe and weather station networks.

Dale helps Victorian dryland grain farmers and advisors interpret seasonal risk information to aid decision making using soil moisture probes recording data down to one metre. The data obtained from the moisture probes is interpreted and presented in monthly enewsletter updates which aims to be educational on the use of technology and informative on the seasonal conditions.

Webinar – Soil moisture probe update

Transcript – Soil moisture probe update

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Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes (including questions)

Date: 12 pm Thursday 7 May 2020

Outline

In this webinar, Leighton explored all things weather station:

  • how to collect and interpret weather data
  • how to monitor fire danger
  • what to consider with soil moisture probes
  • measuring and managing inversions.

Leighton outlined some of the examples he has installed and how they are being used to provide value for farmers.

Presenter

Leighton Wilksch is an Ag Technologist based on Yorke Peninsula that provides weather, soil moisture and crop monitoring hardware & solutions (backed up with agronomic service) across SA & Vic. He has over 20 years’ experience in the dryland broadacre market being a research agronomist for Landmark and starting his business Agbyte in 2009.

Agbyte provides innovative solutions for decision making based around weather that enable users to intuitively decipher data to assist them with farm management. Leighton also has a long history of being involved in Farming Systems Groups and is the current chairperson of the Ag Excellence Alliance which is the over-arching body for all SA groups.

Webinar – Farm weather stations

Transcript – Farm weather stations

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Duration: 1 hour 4 minutes (including questions)

Date: 12 pm, Thursday 30 April 2020

Outline

Just because we make decisions all the time doesn’t mean we are good at making them.

This webinar focused on approaches to help farmer decision making. Cam Nicholson covered what influences decision making and presents an approach to enhance farmer decision making.

Presenter

Cam Nicholson is a partner in Nicon Rural Services, a consulting business near Geelong working with the grazing and cropping industries and in natural resource management. Cam has been involved in many farmer programs for the GRDC, MLA, Dairy Australia, Southern Farming Systems and Landcare.

He provides consultancy advice to farmers and lectures on animal and pasture systems at Marcus Oldham College. His most recent work has focussed on understanding and discussing risk in farming businesses and how to enhance decision making.

He and his wife Fiona run a 400-ha beef and sheep farm on the Bellarine Peninsula turning off cattle for the long fed Japanese market, lambs and wool.

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Transcript – Approaches to help farmer decision-making

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Duration: 1 hour 11 minutes (including questions)

Date: 12 pm Thursday 16 April 2020

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Geoff provided an update on the Victorian Water and Climate Initiative. The initiative supports research into the impact of climate change and climate variability on Victoria’s water resources. This includes 3 distinct but related research projects undertaken with the University of Melbourne, the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO.

Presenter

Geoff Steendam manages the hydrology and climate science team in the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The team serves as a knowledge broker for the Victorian water sector, investing in targeted research and working with the sector to help apply the knowledge.

Geoff has worked in water resource planning roles in the department for more than 10 years, and previously worked for consulting engineering firms in Australia and the UK.

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Transcript – Victorian Water and Climate Initiative 

Event password: climate&water

Duration: 59 minutes (including questions)

Date: 12 pm Wed 25 March 2020

Outline

This presentation is on irrigation scheduling tools that can achieve top yields and water use efficiency.

Rob will provide information on Evapotranspiration (ET) tools and services available to irrigators and will share results and learnings from using soil moisture monitoring equipment for more informed irrigation decision making.

Presenter

Rob O’Connor is a Senior Irrigation Extension Officer with Agriculture Victoria. Rob has a long history working with farmers on irrigation related issues. For the past five years, Rob has specialised in the area of irrigation scheduling.

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Transcript – Tools for better irrigation scheduling 

Event password: Irrigationscheduling
Duration: 53 minutes (including questions)

Date: 12 pm Wed 11 March 2020

Outline

In this presentation we'll hear important background information on weather forecasts, seasonal outlooks and climate change projections – and what they can and can’t do.

Graeme will share insights and tips for understanding the different types of forecast products and where and when to have more confidence in what they are telling us.

Presenter

Graeme Anderson leads Agriculture Victoria’s seasonal risk team who deliver products such as The Break, Soil Moisture Monitoring, Climatedogs and regularly presents at agriculture events across Victoria.

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Transcript – Weather forecasts, seasonal outlooks and climate change projections

Event password: weatherforecasts
Duration: 66 minutes (including questions)

Date: 12 pm Mon 24 February 2020

Outline

In this presentation we look inside the Bureau's new climate guides project.

The new regional climate guides aim to help farmers understand and manage their climate risk by providing regionally focused climate and weather summaries that detail historical observations and trends using information available from local Bureau of Meteorology weather stations.

Presenter

Luke Shelley joined the Bureau in 2008 and in the last two years has been a member of the Bureau's new Agriculture program, where he is currently the acting General Manager. Luke has just finished travelling around the country to consult stakeholders on the design of the Bureau's new climate guides.

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Transcript – Inside the Bureau's climate guides project

Event password: Climateguides
Duration: 64 minutes

Date: 12 pm Tuesday 4 February 2020

Outline

Hear about the new Victorian Climate Change Projections. What are the projections telling us?

Find out about the resources and products available including regional reports and application ready datasets.

Presenter

John Clarke is a Research Team Leader at the CSIRO in Melbourne. John has managed the provision of tailored regional climate change projects for a wide range of national and international stakeholders since 2009.

He has over 25 years' experience undertaking, interpreting, applying and communicating science to a range of clients in the fields of climate change impacts and adaptation, and conservation ecology.

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Transcript – New Victorian climate change projections

Event password: VCP19
Duration:
70 minutes

2016–2019

Recording links to these earlier webinars are available on request by emailing climate.webinars@agriculture.vic.gov.au

About our webinars and how to join one

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A webinar is simply a seminar that is held online. They allow you to view the guest speaker's presentation over the internet and to ask questions, make comments and share information with other participants. They are usually recorded and the recording can be shared and viewed at any time.

Webinars are a free service (although phone charges may apply if you are joining via phone). They are available to anyone interested in accessing information about seasonal risk, climate change impacts and adaptation.

Most of our webinars are recorded so if you can't join us on the day you can listen in at a time that best suits you.

  1. Access to a computer, laptop or mobile device (for example a Smartphone or tablet).
  2. A stable internet connection (with a minimum speed of 56 kbps for best viewing).
  3. Audio connection (via computer headset or phone).

There are 3 easy steps to participate:

  1. Register for the webinars that interest you before the RSVP date.
  2. Once registered, an email confirming your selected webinar will be sent to you.
  3. One or two working days prior to each webinar you will receive an email with a unique URL link and step by step instructions on how to log in. This email also provides some handy information for first time webinar users.

Page last updated: 16 Sep 2021