When a farm account is set up in OverseerFM, the Farm Location requires a physical address to be entered. When this is typed into the address field, the software uses the information typed to provide address options from a Google menu. The software then auto populates the Nearest Town and/or Region. If the system can associate a nearest town for the address entered this will be auto populated. If the address is not associated with a nearest town, region will be auto populated. If the address doesn't include information recognisable to a region the software will require the user to locate the farm with the pointer on the map.
While monthly rainfall and PET are determined by the location of the blocks, the selection of Nearest Town and/or Region sets the climate patterns used to distribute daily rainfall, PET and sunshine hours for the farm and thus determines typical seasonal climate variations. Climatic variables are critical inputs, which affect drainage and therefore nutrient losses.
Region is the average of the nearest towns and so for this reason, we recommend choosing a nearest town if the farm has generally the same conditions or region if there is not a nearest town to the farms location.
If your farm is close to a regional boundary, select the region that best reflects your farm. Settings can be changed within Manage Farm Settings. It is recommended to be done by the farm owner only.