Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

NSW croppers need a drink

Michael Condon, Tuesday February 25, 2014 - 14:54 EDT
ABC image
NSW cropping regions need rain. - ABC

Grain growers in NSW are now desperate for rain to get the paddocks ready to sow a winter crop.

Across NSW, dams are still empty and the cropping regions are still very short of subsoil moisture.

The rain over the last week has been very welcome and very timely for some in that state.

But by most accounts, it hasn't been anywhere near enough and is by no means drought-breaking.

Peter Matthews, the technical specialist for grains at the NSW DPI, says in some parts 75 to 100 millimetres is needed as soon as possible.

"Up to 50 per cent of the state's cropping regions are going to struggle to grow an average crop already this year, judging by the latest rainfall profile.

"Many areas have missed out all together on any rain, particularly in the North West."


- ABC

© ABC 2014

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.