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Technical annual report 2000-01

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Title

Technical annual report 2000-01

Collection

Dept. of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical annual report; Department of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical and annual report; Reports; PublicationNT; Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295

Date

2001-10

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Notes

Date:2001-10

Language

English

Subject

Agriculture -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Fisheries -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries

Place of publication

Darwin

Series

Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295

ISSN

0158-2763

Copyright owner

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Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/223369

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/687151

Page content

Technical Annual Report 2000/01 3 PASTORAL PROGRAM: Agricultural Development SUBPROGRAM: Pasture Development Objective: Expand the industry base through increased areas of pasture and expansion of industry skills and experience in managing pastures. Outcomes: An expanded industry through increased pasture production. Continued support of forage research and demonstration programs aimed at increasing hay supply to the emerging forage cube industry. Overview - 2000/01 The 2000/2001 Wet season opened with a frontal system which brought rain to most of the Top End in October. This was followed by a dry spell which lasted until late November. The rainfall for the Wet season was about average. The mid Wet season in the Darwin District turned out to be a dry period punctuated by short, intense monsoonal periods and isolated storms. The intense monsoonal periods compensated for the intervening dry spells. While March rainfall was good, there were few significant storms or rainfall events in the Darwin area after the end of March. Light, isolated showers continued through until mid May. The light showers kept pastures green until mid May, but the upland pastures dried out quickly when the rain stopped. Overall, the Wet season was below average for upland pastures. As the floodplains did not dry out completely in the previous Dry season, water tables were high at the start of the Wet season. The floodplains generally flooded early and remained wet through until early June. Access to the floodplain by stock was four weeks later than usual. Demand for extension/information on pastures and seeds continued at record levels during the year, similar to the previous year.