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By  Emily Lehmann 2 August 2023 2 min read

Key points

  • A wealth of climate data and insights come together in one tool specially developed for Australian farmers.
  • My Climate View covers 20 commodities being produced on 95 per cent of Australia's farmland.
  • The tool is available to farmers now and supports them to build climate and drought resilience into the future.

It’s around this time of year that Australian cherry growers look for cooler days. 

This is because cherry trees need to accumulate enough ‘chill’ during winter to flower and grow fruit in the spring. 

But projections show that cherry growers along the Murray River in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia may be facing warmer winters in the years to come. This could reduce the volume of cherries that growers can produce for sale.   

Winter’s chill is key for other growers too. Did you know oranges need cooler temperatures to get their bright orange colour? 

Orange growers call it the ‘colour break’. Knowing how many cooler days an orchard is likely to get in the future can help growers to take steps to manage colour break in their orchard and to plan future plantings. 

These climate insights come from My Climate View, a digital information tool specially developed for farmers. 

Using My Climate View, farmers across Australia can explore how the climate variables that matter to their businesses could change in the future. And respond to this by building their climate resilience for decades to come. 

Your location.

Your commodity.

Your climate.

No matter where you are across Australia, preparing for the future of your farming enterprise is critical.

That’s why we’ve developed My Climate View.

It’s a free digital product designed to help Australian farmers understand what the future climate might mean for their location.

My Climate View provides farmers and their advisers with past climate data, seasonal forecasts and future climate projections at a 5-square-kilometre resolution right across Australia.

Climate information is tailored to meet the needs of a range of agricultural commodities from meat to grains to horticulture and many more.

This means that farmers can easily assess how climate factors that matter to their business could change into the future.

For example, a wheat producer can see how the timing and intensity of seasonal rainfall in their region might change over time and how that might impact the way they farm.

We’ve built this tool by talking with Australian farmers.

Their valuable feedback has helped improve My Climate View, which will help Australian farmers and communities prepare for the future.

Start using My Climate View for your farm planning.

My Climate View is developed by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO as part of the Climate Services for Agriculture program, which is funded by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

For more information about My Climate View and the Climate Services for Agriculture program, search ‘Climate Services for Agriculture’ on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website.

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Tailored climate insights whether rain, frost or sunshine

We all know farmers rely on rain and sunshine to produce the food we eat and the threads we wear.

But as the cherry and orange examples show, there are many climate-related factors that can impact production. These include periods of low rainfall and risks of frost or sun damage which can affect quality and yield.

In livestock production, farmers have a range of factors to consider ranging from heat stress, as a welfare and productivity issue, to how excessive cold can impact on lamb survivability after birth.

My Climate View provides tailored insights on how these risks are likely to change in the future, which can inform better planning and decision-making.

Informed by farmers for farmers

My Climate View covers 20 commodities from meat and grains to cotton and horticulture. Together the commodities represent 95 per cent of Australia’s farmland. Insights on avocados, cherries and chickpeas are its latest additions

My Climate View provides climate projections up to 50 years out.

We've engaged more than 2000 people who work in agriculture around Australia to ensure the insights are relevant and useful. 

We developed My Climate View with the Bureau of Meteorology and with funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. 

And the best thing is it’s free to use – helping farmers plan for future climate change and drought.  

The tool, which was developed through the Australian Government’s Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) program is contributing to the goal of our Drought Resilience Mission to reduce the impacts of Australian droughts this decade. 

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