DPIRD-developed tools available, include –
Soil water – This tool shows the soil water which has accumulated from the start of summer (from 1 November) and is available to crops and plants. It can be used as a tool to assist growers to make decisions throughout the season.
Rainfall to date – Rainfall to date graphs show the accumulated rainfall from the start of the grain growing season compared to historical averages, and may be used as a tool in the seasonal decision-making process.
Extreme weather events – Using the department’s extensive weather station network, this tool provides real-time information about the location, duration and severity of potential frost and heat stress events to help grain growers manage accordingly and reduce their financial impact.
Potential yield – The potential yield tool uses seasonal rainfall and decile finishes calculated from historical data to calculate the maximum wheat yield possible in the absence of any other constraints.
Each tool’s website page has a feature which enables users to provide valuable feedback to developers who will evaluate it for future upgrades.