Season 2018: seasonal and management information for farmers

Page last updated: Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 1:10pm

This page provides a summary of the seasonal conditions and outlook for the rest of the season, and management options for dealing with any problems arising from those conditions.

This page will be updated every 2 weeks and the seasonal outlook will be updated at least every month. Information on this page is relevant for the period September–November 2018 (updated 5 September 2018).


  • Rain over the last 2 months has been good except for parts of the south east and south coast.
  • Pasture growth and food on offer is good in most areas except for some of the eastern grainbelt and parts of the south coast.
  • Pasture residues over summer may be limited, and we recommend planning now for  livestock feed until autumn 2019, and wind erosion control.
  • The outlook for late September, October and November is for drier than average conditions.

See the seasonal rainfall update newsletter for a full set of recent rain and soil moisture maps and information.

Seasonal situation



The northern, western, and south-western grainbelt have had enough rain to support good seasonal growth. The eastern and south-eastern grainbelt are still relatively dry. Potential yield estimates are for average or better in much of the grainbelt, and low in some central-eastern and south-eastern areas.

Pastures and livestock

Keep feeding lactating ewes until there is 700 kilograms per hectare of pasture feed on offer (FOO). Pastures in the east and south-east of the grainbelt may not have reached this target and feeding continues.

Cold and wet conditions have resulted in multiple grazier alerts in the southern parts of the state, and reports of an increase in lamb deaths.

Grazing crops can provide a short-term feed source.

Seasonal outlook

Lower than average rainfall is expected to continue for parts of the south-eastern grainbelt and south coast. The outlook is for drier than average conditions for late September and October, although the confidence in this is low in parts of the south coast.

The outlook is for slightly higher than average daytime temperatures. Clear skies may lead to an increased frost risk. These conditions may mean an early end to the season.

Seasonal information



Ewes with lambs will need supplementary feeding in most areas until paddock feed on offer reaches 700 kilograms of dry matter per hectare. Grain and hay feed supplies remain in short supply.


Health and animal welfare

Land and water

Health and finances


Contact your local DPIRD office to find out who can help you on any of the topics above. You can also suggest any changes to this page.

Contact information

Paul Findlater
+61 (0)8 9956 8535