NSW was ei­ther too wet or too dry in June

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

THE north coast may have re­ceived some of the high­est rain­fall on record in June but much of in­land NSW faced the op­po­site prob­lem, with dry con­di­tions con­tin­u­ing.

The DPI’s sea­sonal con­di­tions co-or­di­na­tor, Ian McGowen, said June had been the dri­est since 2002, with many south­ern in­land ar­eas hav­ing the dri­est June on record.

“Rain­fall re­ceived was be­low av­er­age across 61% of NSW, with much of south­ern, west­ern and cen­tral in­land NSW re­ceiv­ing less than 4–10mm of rain­fall,” Mr McGowen said.

The rain­fall in late June and early July had im­proved the top­soil mois­ture across much of north­ern NSW and the mid-north to north coast, he said.

“The late June rain­fall im­proved crop prospects across the north­ern slopes and eastern ar­eas of the north-west plains, but light, patchy falls in most other crop­ping ar­eas did lit­tle to im­prove con­di­tions.

“Top­soil mois­ture de­clined across much of south­ern NSW, the south of the cen­tral west and ar­eas of the south­ern and cen­tral table­lands.

“Pas­ture growth re­mained lim­ited or de­clined across most of NSW. De­spite the warmer than nor­mal day­time tem­per­a­tures, a com­bi­na­tion of lack of mois­ture, heavy frosts and graz­ing pres­sure re­stricted pas­ture growth with an­nual and na­tive pas­tures the most af­fected.”

Stock con­di­tion re­mained good, although lim­ited pas­ture growth in many ar­eas meant sup­ple­men­ta­tion was nec­es­sary, par­tic­u­larly where for­age crops were not avail­able.

Mr McGowen said the dry con­di­tions had af­fected the es­tab­lish­ment of late sown crops, with ar­eas of the cen­tral-west and north-west plains re­main­ing un­sown.

“Fol­low-up rain­fall is ur­gently needed across in­land NSW to pro­mote growth of late sown win­ter crops.”

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