Assessing impacts of extreme temperatures on wheat crops in North Western Victoria

Regional economic impacts and opportunities for adaptation

This project will assess impacts of extreme temperatures on wheat yields in North Western Victoria over the next thirty years. By combining historical regional climate and wheat yield data with information on farm practices, we will develop a better understanding of future risks and management options. There will be a consultative process with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the models are scientifically rigorous and incorporate the main features of the regional farming environments and practices. The research process is conceived as co-production of knowledge with agricultural and climate scientists as well as with farmers, so that there will be joint ownership of research outputs, economic impact assessments and adaptation recommendations. The final outputs are intended to have relevance to public policy and resilient farm management.

Healthy wheat heads
(Agriculture Victoria)
Heat stressed wheat
Frost damaged wheat heads