Some areas within South Australia - particularly the upper Eyre Peninsula and Murray Mallee and pastoral areas of the state - are experiencing extremely dry conditions.
Despite recent rainfall events these areas have had minimal rainfall over the past 18 months, resulting in poor crop and pasture growth in 2017 and are now facing another growing season with below average rainfall.
South Australia’s situation is different to the conditions being experienced in Queensland and northern NSW. While it is very challenging for some parts of our state right now, many of our state’s farmers are prepared for these dry conditions and poor seasons – and have plans in place to manage their business and livestock.
PIRSA is monitoring the season closely with industry, Department for Environment and Water, and climate updates from the Bureau of Meteorology – and will update this web page regularly.