Masters of the Climate

In 1999, the forerunner of Managing Climate Variabilty ran the initial ‘Masters of the Climate’ project. We interviewed the Masters of the Climate farmers in 1999 and 2005. We also published a booklet bringing together their case studies.

What Happens When the Tap Turns Off?

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Faced with losing most of his groundwater irrigation allocation, John Hamparsum is relying even more on weather and climate information as he increasingly turns to dryland cropping on his property near Tamworth NSW.

The Proof in the Pudding

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Heat spikes in the month before grape harvest can destroy the flavour of the fruit. Margaret River winemaker Erl Happ set out to find the perfect location for his grapes and went on to win acclaim for his Three Hills Shiraz.

Making Money from Moisture

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

In the late 1990s, Chris and Sarah Roche found they could put a lot of confidence in the Southern Oscillation Index as an indicator of rainfall. These days on their mixed property in Gulargambone, New South Wales, their philosophy is to be ready to take every opportunity to capitalise on available moisture.

Trash Blankets and Climate Predictions

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Harvesting green cane, leaving the stubble on the paddock, and working with climate information has made the Atkinsons’ sugar cane property in Queensland more sustainable.

One Hundred Per Cent Business – the Odds of Success in Outback South Australia

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

A longtime advisor to the worlds casinos on the odds of making a profit from new games, Tony Boyd used the climatic outlook in his decision to buy – and nine years later to sell – his share in a 700,000 hectare cattle station.

Staying Positive When the Dust is Blowing

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Tom Porter’s ticket through the 2002 drought on the New South Wales’ Hay Plains was investing in an irrigation bore to water a millet crop that proved to be vital feed for his merino sheep before the drought broke.

No Such Thing as Too Much Information

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

John Ive and his family have lovingly brought their 250 hectare award-winning New South Wales property back from the brink of environmental disaster using science.

Getting Sweet With Climate Technology

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

An award-winning on-ground water efficiency program, Australian Rainman software and the Southern Oscillation Index are helping Queensland sugar cane farmer Doug Lee manage water for himself and his neighbours.

Keeping Faith with Forecasts

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

South Australian farmer Brett Francis is putting his faith in a commercial 15 month outlook, comparing it to historical rainfall and yield data, and setting cut-off dates for sowing.

Hightech Risk Management in the Wimmera Mallee

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

How do you keep born optimists and risk takers grounded?The answer, according to Birchip farmers Ian and Warwick McClelland, lies in the risk management program Yield Prophet.