Graincast™ forecasting technology: new features in 2021
Using innovative analytics, CSIRO’s Graincast™ forecasting technology can forecast grain production at any scale from paddock to region to state to national. Each fortnight during the grain growing season, we provide select forecasts of Australia’s wheat yield, at no cost.
In 2021 we’ve added some bells and whistles with maps of soil water, water-limited yield forecasts and their uncertainty, and state specific forecasts. Graincast’s™ forecasting capability is an Australian first.
How do I get the Graincast™ forecasts?
- see the Graincast™ wheat yield forecasts webpage
- follow us on Twitter using @YieldGapAus or #Graincast.
The Graincast™ app: discontinued
Our Graincast™ app used local paddock information and CSIRO’s analytics to estimate paddock specific soil moisture and crop yield in real time.
We are no longer providing Graincast™ as an app but it provided paddock-level yield forecasts for over 400 farmers, agronomists and sticky beaks during its four years of operation. And it won a state-level award at the Australian Information Industry Association’s iAwards competition.
In early 2020, we licensed the exclusive global rights to the Graincast™ smarts behind the app to Australian rural technology start-up Digital Agriculture Services (DAS). Although the app is no longer available, DAS has incorporated the Graincast™ technology in their Rural Intelligence Platform™, where for the first time, farmers can see their Graincast™ results integrated with a range of other, publicly available agri, rural and climate risk insights, at no cost.
The Graincast™ app enabled the Australian grain growing industry to utilise breakthrough Australian science, and now it’s evolved into something even bigger.