Drought conditions spread across NSW
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.