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NSW croppers need a drink

Michael Condon, Tuesday February 25, 2014 - 14:54 EDT
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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

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