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May 15, 2018

Farmers adapt to dry conditions, with rainfall well below normal across southern Australia’s grain, sheep and cattle heartlands

The climatic conditions of the Earth have direct effect to the yield of crops and plant growth. The climatic conditions like rainfall, sun light, and temperature are the limiting factors of the plant growth and their yields. If the climatic conditions becomes extreme and are unbearable to the plants and crops, the growth and yield will severely affected.

Australia is well known for its weather extremes, and these have taken the form of extended droughts and floods throughout its history. Global warning is generally the main cause of global warming in Australia and other countries around the world. And what’s worse is that the countries already under drought condition will severely be affected by global warming.

Extreme weather conditions are dangerous to plants – an increase in temperature may go well with some of the crops; however, the associated increase in the evaporation of water will lead to less atmospheric moisture available for the growth of the plants.

Dealing with extended drought conditions can be a daunting experience. Not knowing when a drought will break, the general community in towns and cities is also affected by subsequent water restrictions and higher food prices. This will also have a bigger effect to farmers as their production or livelihood as a whole.

Just last April, the Bureau of Metrology reported that in that month, Western Australia recorded the 8th driest April on record with rainfall across grain, sheep and cattle heartlands in southern Australia well below normal. The said rainfall record is at 63 percent below average, the lowest since 1994.

Will this drought make a huge impact to Western Australian farming? Read the full story to find out: http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-05-13/dust-to-dollars-how-farmers-cope-with-the-dry/9755134