Rainfall lifts spirits but not financial benefits for struggling farmers

RAIN: NSW Farmers president James Jackson said farmers will have to wait a little while longer to see the benefit of the rain.
RAIN: NSW Farmers president James Jackson said farmers will have to wait a little while longer to see the benefit of the rain.

Rainfall has helped lifted the spirits of some drought and bushfire stricken farming communities in NSW, but the financial benefits may not flow for many months.

NSW Farmers president James Jackson said many farmers have dusted off their gumboots with good rainfall in the north of the state filling dams and boosting soil moisture levels.

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"It's been a huge relief for many livestock producers who have been feeding out every day and the psychological boost that this rain has provided is vitally important. It's amazing what looking at green pastures can do for livestock and dairy farmers," Mr Jackson said.

"Generally, it's too late for summer crop prospects, but there may be some opportunities for late sorghum and maize forage crop plantings. Grain growers will be keeping a close eye on soil moisture profiles for winter cereal crops, so any real income generation is still many months away.

"It has come at a critical time for horticulture producers on the north coast who had depleted water shortages, but again the money will not flow for up to two years for permanent plantings."

Mr Jackson said while the rain has been widespread, members are reporting that it has been patchy, particularly in the Central West, and some farms have had no blessing at all from Huey.

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