‘Wilting and dying’: Crops down 46 per cent in eastern states as #drought bites| jpratt27
But farmers have warned the crops in the three eastern seaboard states could be below these forecasts, given the impact of warmer conditions and frost in recent weeks and the prospects of a dry spring.
The forecast NSW total winter crop for 2018-19, at 3.89 million tonnes, is barely 26 per cent of the size of the massive 14.78 million tonne crop produced in 2010-11. The “winter crop” includes wheat, barley, canola and oats.
Winter crop production in Queensland (tipped to drop 38 per cent) and Victoria (down 29 per cent) is also expected to fall dramatically, according to the latest “Australian Crop Report” released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.
As most of the world dries out due to desertification caused by over logging and global warming caused by human burning of fossil fuels and nuclear fuel, farming will become more and more difficult, as droughts intensify and lengthen.
Food and water costs will rise in the future, and food shortages may become common as well if nothing is done to address global warming.
In archeology circles, it is common knowledge that 100 to 1000 year mega droughts are common and cyclical. Now add human caused global warming to this. Humanity is not preparing or ready for this.