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Autumn Climate Driver Conversations with Peter Hayman and the use of climate information to assist with making Better Frost Decisions

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Navigating Climate Uncertainty in Agriculture for 2024

In this second episode of the 'Better Frost Decisions Podcast' for 2024, hosted by Paige Cross of Mallee Sustainable Farming, the focus is on demystifying climate drivers and their implications for agricultural planning and decision-making.

Joined by Peter Hayman, Principal Scientist at the South Australian Research and Development Institute, the discussion centres on the challenges of forecasting climate conditions, particularly in autumn, and the current neutral El Nino Southern Oscillation Index and what it implies for the upcoming season in southern Australia. They explore the importance of being cautious with autumn forecasts, acknowledging farmers' need for rain and the strategy of dry seeding amidst uncertain weather conditions.

The conversation also touches on climate drivers like the Indian Ocean Dipole and the nuances of making agricultural decisions based on probabilistic forecasts. The episode emphasizes the value of farmer experience and peer learning in decision-making processes, particularly in relation to frost management and preparing for weather-related risks.

It concludes with acknowledgments for the support from GRDC and a reminder of the ongoing project aimed at mitigating the impact of frost through informed decision-making.

00:00 Introduction to Climate Forecasting Challenges

00:27 Welcome to the Better Frost Decisions Podcast

00:47 Expert Insights on Seasonal Climate Outlook for 2024

01:20 Understanding Climate Drivers and Their Impact

03:50 Strategies for Farming in Uncertain Weather Conditions

06:19 The Role of Climate Models and Seasonal Forecasts

09:09 The Importance of Community and Peer Learning in Agriculture

15:43 Frost Management and Weather-Related Risks Discussion

19:43 Concluding Remarks and Acknowledgments

To read the latest issue of the Better Frost Decisions Newsletter click here

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