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Rain impacts on central west farming

Sally Bryant, Friday May 24, 2013 - 16:43 EST
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Brewarrina graziers say they've not had a significant fall of rain in the past 12 months. - ABC

Rain falls across the state in the last day have been welcome but variable; from Enngonia to Euabalong, Cumnock to Coonabarabran, Brewarrina to Bathurst - farmers were hopeful of a break in what's been a dry year so far.

Brewarrina graziers say they've not had a significant fall of rain in the past 12 months, farmers in parts of the central west have been conflicted between taking the risk to sow winter crops dry, or holding off for a break in the weather.

And the situation is even more pressing for landholders burned out in January fires; the communities of Bookham and Coonabarabran saw some producers go into an 'instant drought' when their pastures went up in smoke.

Callum Thompson is the agronomist with Pursehouse Rural at Coonabarabran; he says results in his part of the world have been pretty mixed.


© ABC 2013

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