Journal article

An evaluation of a methodology for seasonal soil water forecasting for Australian dry land cropping systems

Andrew W Western, Kithsiri B Dassanayake, Kushan C Perera, Robert M Argent, Oscar Alves, Griffith Young, Dongryeol Ryu

AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2018

Abstract

Soil water is a critical resource in many rain-fed agricultural systems. Climate variability represents a significant risk in these systems, which has been addressed in the past through seasonal weather outlooks. This study undertakes a pilot assessment of the potential to extend seasonal weather outlooks to plant available soil water (PASW). We analyse 20 sites in the southeast Australian wheat belt using seasonal weather outlooks from the Predictive Ocean-Atmosphere Model for Australia (POAMA; (the operational seasonal model of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology), which were downscaled and used in conjunction with the Agricultural Production Simulator (APSIM). Hindcast rainfall, potentia..

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