Focus farm forecast for

The 295ha Southland Demonstration Farm is a leased farm operated on behalf of Southland dairy farmers. Approximately 800 cows are wintered on crops on the platform. The farm is involved in DairyNZ’s Wintering Systems Project and is also one of five farms in the Southern South Island Monitor Farm Project.The farm comprises a mix of heavy poorly drained gley soils, well-drained recent silts in the flood plain, and other silt loams, some poorly drained. A pasture renewal programme incorporates winter crops and short-term ryegrasses prior to permanent pasture being sown.

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Pasture Growth Forecast for (kg DM/ha)

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Shown above is the pasture growth predicted from NIWA climate forecasts and the current soil moisture, the last month calculated pasture growth and the next 14 days predicted growth. Beyond this growth is projected from average climate data and current soil moisture.
The shaded bounds for percentiles show the pasture growth rate range in which 50% of all years and 90% of all years fit within.

   50% percentile  90% percentile  YTD  Forecast  
Forecasts use NIWA climate data
Reading the graph
Shown above is the pasture growth predicted from NIWA climate forecasts and the current soil moisture, the last month calculated pasture growth and the next 14 days predicted growth. Beyond this growth is projected from average climate data and current soil moisture.
The shaded bounds for percentiles show the pasture growth rate range in which 50% of all years and 90% of all years fit within.

   50%  90%  YTD  Forecast