Drought is biting: Drought continues to be a problem in parts of the country but perhaps its consequences may be reduced by the recent low air temperatures which slowed growth. Irrigation is taking place on high-value crops where there is a quality and quantity payback.

Putting water on cereals is difficult. If you apply water you need to apply enough to keep the soil sufficiently moist until you can get back again or get rain. This would require about an inch (25mm) of water which is 100t or 22,622 gallons/ac or 254,117 l/ha.