NSW was either too wet or too dry in June
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.”