Northern Territory seasonal outlook September 2018

Dionne Walsh and Chris Materne, Livestock Industry Development

The purpose of this quarterly outlook is to summarise information relevant to the pastoral industry such as current feed supplies, seasonal conditions, the development of drought conditions in central Australia and fire risk.

The entire document and all districts are available from the department’s website.

Darwin district

  • The 2017/18 pasture growth was similar to the long-term median
  • 41% of the district has been burnt since 1 July 2018
  • 58% of the district had a high fire risk as at 1 September 2018
  • Pasture growth (past 12 months) as at 1 September 2018


In a typical wet season, pasture growth in the Darwin region tends to be limited by available soil nitrogen rather than soil moisture. Therefore, a poor wet season may not generally affect the total quantity of pasture grown on upland country.

As at 1 September 2018

(% of district)<1,000kg/ha 1,000 - 2,000kg/ha 2,000 - 3,000kg/ha>3,000kg/ha
2018/19 Pasture Growth 100% 0% 0% 0%
Total Standing Dry Matter 65% 29% 5% 1%

Median pasture growth (kg/ha) (running total

Current estimated total standing dry matter

Last updated: 24 September 2019


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