Queensland farmers will have better access to climate data to help them make decisions about their properties, following updates to the Long Paddock website.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner says the upgrades are all about aiming to improve drought preparedness and climate change adaptation planning.
“The old Long Paddock website had been going for 22 years, providing critical rainfall and pasture outlooks to Queensland graziers. It has long been regarded as a key source of climate advice for Queensland, and indeed Australian primary producers, with over 17,000 hits per month.”
The Long Paddock website, has been revamped as part of the Queensland Government’s Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP) initiative, with the new site having improved functionality.
Long Paddock also includes free, online access to customised property reports with climate data, seasonal climate outlooks, simulated pasture growth, as well as satellite-derived ground cover and tree cover maps.
AgForce CEO Michael Guerin welcomes the Queensland Government’s efforts to provide more accessible and up-to-date information to help farmers.
“We look forward to seeing Long Paddock evolve further over coming years as climate science advances and further decision support tools become available to continually reduce the severe impacts that droughts have on our people, their businesses and the environment by proactive and adaptive decision making.”