DRY­ING OFF AF­TER CY­CLONE DEB­BIE

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NORTH­ERN NEW South Wales and south­ern Queens­land farm­ers have had to re­cover from a big wet in au­tumn.

Casino NSW farmer Terry Toohey (pic­tured above) said con­di­tions were start­ing to im­prove.

Cy­clone Deb­bie in March and fol­low up rains in the north­ern part of NSW caused a lot of dev­as­ta­tion to planted pas­tures and caused many farm­ers to de­lay plant­ing.

“It’s been a wet start to the au­tumn-win­ter pe­riod but now the coun­try­side is dry­ing up a bit and pas­tures are start­ing to come along,” Mr Toohey said.

Fur­ther down the coast the rain has been patchy and win­ter feed has been a bit slower be­cause of the lower rain­fall.

Farm­ers in the west­ern part of the state have had to cope with ex­tremely dry con­di­tions, with the prob­lems also hit­ting grain grow­ers who have strug­gled to plant win­ter pas­tures.

“It’s im­por­tant the grain belt gets ad­e­quate rain to get their pas­tures planted; we want them to be prof­itable too,” Mr Toohey said.

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