MMA FIELD, The Weekly Times
September 21, 2017 12:00am
CROPS have being abandoned in parts of NSW after months of severe frosts combined with poor rainfall and warm spring temperatures.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ latest seasonal outlook, released last week, painted a bleak picture for some major cropping regions in the state.
NSW DPI seasonal conditions co-ordinator Ian McGowen said crops west of the Newell Highway have been “virtually written off”.
“Across north western and central western NSW and areas of the Riverina, many crops have been abandoned,” the DPI report said.
“In eastern areas, a combination of warm daytime temperatures and multiple frosts put pressure on crops, progressively reducing the yield potential of winter cereals and canola.”
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