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The drought’s official

“The dry and warm conditions experienced in April extended well into May"

The drought’s official

It might not be any surprise to locals, but much of Narrabri Shire is now officially in drought, with most of the rest expected to join it soon.

And as that happens, a local farmer has organised a meeting in Narrabri next week so farmers can discuss what needs to be done.

The Department of Primary Industries on Friday released its latest State Seasonal Update, and what a difference a month makes.

After being on drought watch (negative trend) in April, most of the Shire is now either in drought or at a drought onset stage “and it continues to deteriorate on a daily basis,” according to the outlook for the region.

The exception is the area south east of Baan Baa (including Boggabri), but it is on drought watch (negative trend).

“As the dry conditions continue the prospects of winter crops - wheat, canola and barley and adequate pasture growth to sustain livestock is declining,” said Anthony Clark, the leader of the DPI’s climate applications and digital agriculture section.

There seems to be no relief in sight either.

“The dry and warm conditions experienced in April extended well into May,” the State Seasonal Update says.