Welcome to the Agriculture Victoria ‘AgVic Talk’ podcast series. Follow along as we bring you stories, advice and information from around the state. In our first series we will be covering contemporary problems and solutions for bushfire recovery, drought and dry seasons, weather and climate as well as hearing some stories from inspiring young farmers.
History of seasonal climate and climate driver information with The Break team
Weather, seasonal forecasts and climate projections are all very topical, but did you know that there is a team of dedicated Agriculture Victoria staff who have been communicating climate science since 2005? Commonly referred to as The Break Team, they put together much loved products including The Fast Break newsletter and The Very Fast Break YouTube video. But, even if you haven't heard of these products the team welcome you to their newest creation.
You can sign up for the Fast Break and Very Fast Break on the Agriculture Victoria website. All past and future climate webinars can be accessed here. The Climatedog videos can be found on the Climate Kelpie website.
Dealing with stress during difficult times with David Cherry
To say it's been a difficult year for many farming communities is an understatement. Some have had to deal with everything from drought through to fire through to the pandemic.
Psychologist David Cherry talks about the mental and physical effects of stress and how dealing with them is important not only for your own mental health, but also for ensuring you're in the best possible position to make good decisions for yourself, your business and your loved ones.
If this podcast has brought up any difficult emotions for you, please reach out to someone you can talk to or call the Beyond Blue support service on 1300 22 46 36, MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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Maintaining ground cover to secure sandy topsoil with Ron Hards
Imagine farming on some of the most fragile land in the State and being able to say, after the worst rainfall figures on record a mere 25% of your 250 mm average, that you harvested a viable crop from 50% of your farm seeded area.
This is the remarkable story of Ron and Nick Hards, who farm in the Millewa at Yurara in the Northwest corner of the State. The key to their success has been passionately protecting their topsoil.
For more information visit the Agriculture Victoria website:
For protecting the land during dry times visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/farm-management/managing-for-and-during-drought/protecting-the-land-in-dry-times
For information on managing drought visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/farm-management/managing-for-and-during-drought
For information on monitoring groundcover agriculture.vic.gov.au/farm-management/soil/erosion/monitoring-groundcover-and-soil-degradation
For more information on farming in the Mallee visit the Mallee Sustainable Farming (MSF) website msfp.org.au/
For a fact sheet: Soils Ain't Soils: The Mallee Experience visit msfp.org.au/815-2/
For a Stubble Guide for the Mallee visit msfp.org.au/publications/msf-stubble-guide/
For information on planning ahead for grain versus hay visit the GRDC website grdc.com.au/resources-and-publications/groundcover/ground-cover-issue-120-jan-feb-2016/plan-ahead-for-grain-versus-hay-contingencies
Managing through dry seasons is all about preparation with Peter Young
Peter Young, second generation Gippsland farmer who produces wool, lamb and beef on their 550-hectare farm at Briagolong, some 60 kilometres west of Bairnsdale. After three tough years, there've finally been some good rains and things are looking up. Peter discusses how being prepared and accessing support systems help them contend with dry seasons and drought. For drought and dry seasonal conditions support and information, visit the Agriculture Victoria website www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons
For information on livestock feed budgeting, visit Feeding Livestock. This page includes links to the Drought Feeding and Management of Sheep and Beef books feedinglivestock.vic.gov.au/
Using soil moisture monitoring to help manage seasonal risk with Dale Boyd and Bec Marshall
For over a decade, a number of soil moisture probes across Victoria, have been gathering real-time soil moisture analysis, to help give farmers confidence in their decision making. To find out how it all works with Dale Boyd, Seasonal Risk Agronomist with Agriculture Victoria and Bec Marshall, a cropping farmer from Normanville in Mallee country.
For more Agriculture Victoria information on managing seasonal risk visit:
Soil moisture monitoring website https://extensionaus.com.au/soilmoisturemonitoring/
Subscribe to the soil moisture monitoring newsletter https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/support-and-resources/newsletters/soil-moisture-monitoring-in-cropping-regions
Balancing wet winters and dairy farming with Craig Dwyer
Craig Dwyer is a dairy farmer at Bullaharre, which is just out of Cobden in South West Victoria. In this podcast, Craig discusses how excessively wet winters can be a real problem when juggling the needs of a dairy herd against maintaining healthy paddocks.
For more Agriculture Victoria information on dealing with climate variability, you can subscribe to:
The Break https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/support-and-resources/newsletters/the-break
Milking the Weather: https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/support-and-resources/newsletters/milking-the-weather