Farmers working to adapt to changing rainfall patterns

Gregor Heard
By Gregor Heard
August 8 2019 - 8:00pm
David Stephens, Agrometeorology Australia, says farmers have boosted water use efficiency in the past 40 years.

BY VIRTUE of ever improving water use efficiency (WUE) Australian farmers are managing to either maintain or gradually improve productivity in spite of the series of droughts that have hit eastern Australia in the past decade, however the ongoing climate variability presents a significant obstacle to keeping an upward trajectory.

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Gregor Heard

Gregor Heard

National Grains Industry Reporter

Gregor Heard is ACM's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his 15 years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector.

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