Farmers in the Balonne and Maranoa regional council districts have been added to the growing list of drought declared shires in Queensland.
There are now twenty-six drought declared council areas, 6 partially declared and forty Individually Droughted Property (IDP) declarations in place in a number of other local government areas, making just over 62 per cent of the state now officially in drought.
Grazier and grain grower Ben Groat has a property on the far eastern side of the Balonne Shire near St George and was this morning drought declared.
"It's getting pretty grim," he says.
"We've still got a fair amount of dry feed which is not of very good quality."
Access to surface water has been a major issue in the region and many don't think they'll make it to Christmas without rain.
Mr Groat says the announcement hasn't come a moment too soon.
"It's a fairly big shire so it's quite varied, the western side has been screaming drought for a lot longer than the eastern edge."
For maps of the drought declared areas and boundary descriptions visit www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au
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