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.
The Queensland University of Technology has applied for a licence to conduct trials into the drought tolerance of genetically modified chickpea plants.
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.
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.
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 is shedding 50 jobs in eastern Australia to help the company better cope with the financial stresses and reduced throughput caused by the drought.
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.
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.
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.
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.