Australian Rangeland Society

A new climate is emerging in Australia, according to new maps released by the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC).

AEGIC analysed data from more than 8000 Bureau of Meteorology stations around the country and discovered that traditional rainfall zones have changed significantly since 2000.

AEGIC agro-meteorologist Dr David Stephens has said “There has been a general increase in summer rainfall across Australia, and a corresponding decrease in winter rainfall, leading to shifts in rainfall zones extending for hundreds of kilometres”  “This change in climate has major implications for farming and pastoral systems as the profitability of different crop types changes, disease risk changes, and the composition of rangeland grasses changes with stocking rates.”

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