Drought con­di­tions spread across NSW

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

NSW pri­mary pro­duc­ers con­tinue to be chal­lenged by the cur­rent sea­sonal con­di­tions, with the lat­est NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries (DPI) State Sea­sonal Up­date in­di­cat­ing al­most all the state is now in mild to se­vere drought.

Dry and warm con­di­tions re­mained through May with only iso­lated ar­eas of the north coast and parts of the Rive­rina, south­east and Mur­ray re­gions re­ceiv­ing av­er­age rain­fall.

DPI’s leader of cli­mate ap­pli­ca­tions and dig­i­tal agri­cul­ture, Dr An­thony Clark, said many ar­eas across the state re­ceived av­er­age to well be­low av­er­age rain­fall, with some record­ing zero rain­fall.

“Large ar­eas of western, north­west, North­ern Table­lands, north coast, cen­tral west and greater Syd­ney re­ceived less than 10mm of rain,” Mr Clark said.

“As the dry con­di­tions con­tinue the prospects of win­ter crops – wheat, canola and bar­ley and ad­e­quate pas­ture growth to sus­tain live­stock is de­clin­ing.”

Pri­mary pro­duc­ers are en­cour­aged to visit DroughtHub for the sea­sonal up­dates and in­for­ma­tion on ser­vices and sup­port.

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