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NSW crops going backwards due to heat and lack of rain

Michael Condon, Wednesday October 29, 2014 - 13:54 EDT
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Crop volumes for NSW this year are now well below the average due to a lack of spring rain and hot temperatures - ABC

The New South Wales crop is continuing to deteriorate due to record hot weather and lack of rain.

Below average rainfall in the grain belt in August and September has really stunted grain production.

The latest forecast is for the crop to now be in the lowest 30 per cent in terms of volume, since records began.

Ian McGowen, seasonal conditions coordinator with NSW DPI, said what makes it even more disappointing was the terrific opening rain in May.

"And then to not get the follow-up rain, when things had been set up so well, of course was a big problem and of course the frosts in late July and early August did an enormous amount of damage.

"The other concern is a big reduction in the amount of pasture growth that we can expect in the next few months, given the hot dry temperatures in the lead-up.

"On-farm water supplies are reducing rapidly and the stream runoff is not enough to fill any dams before summer really hits.

Mr McGowen says that the long-term outlook is for drier and warmer conditions from November to January, which is putting pressure on any summer crops in the north and the rice crop.


© ABC 2014

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