Farmers' use of weather & forecast information in the Western Australian wheatbelt

Myrtille Elodie Lacoste, Marit Ellen Kragt

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Abstract

Evaluating the economic benefits from investments in weather and forecast information is hindered by a lack of knowledge about how broadacre farmers use this information. It remains unclear which weather and forecast products farmers use, and which features are considered most important. Little is also known about how the available weather and forecast information impacts the management decisions of farmers, for instance how different forecast horizons impact farming practices along the year.
This study is the first to address these gaps. Primary data from 51 farmers was collected using detailed interviews in 3 locations of the Western Australian wheatbelt between July and October 2017.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherThe University of Western Australia
Commissioning bodyBureau of Meteorology Western Australia
Number of pages64
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2018

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