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El Niño backs off for the moment but likely to return

Grain Central, 23 January 2019

The Bureau of Meteorology suggests the immediate risk of El Niño has passed, but there remains an increased likelihood that El Niño will develop later in 2019.

GM chickpea trials to test drought/environmental stress tolerance

Grain Central, 13 December 2018

The Queensland University of Technology has applied for a licence to conduct trials into the drought tolerance of genetically modified chickpea plants.

Dry re-intensifies across NSW

Grain Central, 10 December 2018

Drought conditions have returned in force across much of NSW, particularly in the west of the state, despite isolated rainfall throughout the past month, according to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) State Seasonal Update for November.

Drought maintains grip, but eased by November rains: BOM

Grain Central, 06 December 2018

November rainfall was above average across most of the Northern Territory, South Australia, the southern half of Western Australia, western Queensland, north eastern Tasmania, and large areas of New South Wales, but long timescale moisture deficiencies remain largely unchanged.

Dry conditions continue across most of NSW

Grain Central, 16 November 2018

The majority of New South Wales remains in drought despite average to above average rainfall over the past month, according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) State Seasonal Update for October.

GrainCorp cuts mark drought’s latest bite on agribusiness

Liz Wells, 05 November 2018

GrainCorp is shedding 50 jobs in eastern Australia to help the company better cope with the financial stresses and reduced throughput caused by the drought.

Eastern harvest contractors call for support as work prospects dry up

Neil Lyon, 02 November 2018

Contract grain harvesters facing a dire shortage of winter crop harvest work across drought-affected eastern Australia are calling for an income support package to tide them over exceptional seasons such as this.

Drought fund puts money away for a non-rainy day

Neil Lyon, 26 October 2018

The Federal Government will allocate $3.9 billion to a Future Drought Fund as part of a national drought assistance package announced at a special drought summit in Canberra today.

NFF calls for long-term view at National Drought Summit

Liz Wells, 25 October 2018

The National Farmers Federation is asking federal and state governments to provide incentives for farmers to insure themselves in part of its call for a long-term view at tomorrow’s National Drought Summit in Canberra.

Hot, dry summer ahead as El Nino sets in

Neil Lyon, 24 October 2018

Recent rains across much of eastern Australia have been welcomed by farmers, but the outlook for further substantial falls into summer remains low with ominous signs of a dry-weather, El Nino pattern taking hold.