Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Drought to return to some NSW farmers

By Joanna Woodburn., Tuesday September 25, 2012 - 12:27 EST

A large swathe of the state's west is on the edge of slipping back into drought because of a lack of rain.

The Department of Primary Industries says properties spanning from the Queensland border to Peak Hill north of Parkes are classified as marginal due to deteriorating conditions.

The DPI's Agriculture Protection Officer Simon Oliver says about 16 per cent of New South Wales has not had enough rain.

"Since we've had those two seasons of pretty well above average rainfall we've noticed a big decline in rainfall averages over the past two months," he said.

"So, coming off the back off this winter we'll certainly get to the point where we really need some rain, certainly in the western parts of the state."

The DPI says some farmers have started using their livestock to graze crops because they are not worth harvesting.

Mr Oliver says the rest of New South Wales is satisfactory.

"Most areas of the state are really hanging on," he said.

"There's good sub-soil moisture in a lot of places as a result of the past two good seasons of rain,"

"(We're) certainly noticing a decline in the far-central-west and that north-west of the state where it's started to get fairly warm during the day, up into the 30s, and they've just generally been missing out on rain over the past couple of months."


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Typhoon Lan churning through Japan

15:21 EDT

Typhoon Lan has weakened below Super Typhoon status but still has the ability to generate flooding rain and damaging wind and erode coasts across Japan during Sunday and Monday.

Storms strike southwest WA

11:43 EDT

A complex low pressure system has has brought widespread showers and thunderstorms to southwest WA overnight and into Sunday morning, storms producing more than 50,000 lightning strikes.

Police divers find two bodies in sunken Queensland fishing trawler recovery mission

00:01 EDT

Two bodies have been found in a recovery mission for a trawler that sank off the central Queensland coast earlier this week with seven men on board.