Dry as a bone

Dry as a bone

The Bureau of Meteorology has just declared an El Nino on the Eastern seaboard of Australia this Spring  Read more on this….. Well it seems that this has already started with the added knock on of climate change. In Wherrol Flat the old timers are seeing definite changes that have increased in just the past few years – ie less rainfall, more fires.

To read more what causes El Nino see this information….

So our local growers in August 2018 have been showing us their crops and what the dry has done to them. Without water many are having to turn to town water. One grower tells us this means he will get a quarterly bill for $6,000 from using town water on his crops. Others lucky enough to be located on rivers are on restrictions for pumping water. Often barely enough to water their crops properly.

Cherry tomatoes Aug 2018

 

So we know the cherry tomato.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures are more powerful than words so take a look at what the growers of our food are facing. These were taken in Horsley Park, Sydney.

Cherry tomatoes dried stands Aug 2018Cherry tomatoes dried Aug 2018Cherry tomato rows

 

 

Water precious water

Water precious water
The next major war could well be fought over water resources, according to the United Nations. We also think that this will include access to growing areas within your own country ie ownership of land and seeds. We will write about that one soon.

Hottest period http://econews.com.au

Hottest period http://econews.com.au

With droughts across the US West Coast and North-East Africa, and a growing likelihood of an El Nino event which will cause continued dry conditions across Australia’s east coast, we need to seriously consider our water use.  And whether we like it or not, agriculture accounts for about half of all water usage.

Among the various crops, cotton and rice are probably the most intensive users.  According to international figures, it takes about 2,500 litres of water to produce 1Kg of rice.  By comparison, 1Kg of apples takes 822 litres and 1Kg of tomatoes just 214 litres.  (Australian rice-growers are a little more efficient with water: they only take about 1,500 litres per kg of rice.

Still, that makes rice a big user of scarce irrigation water – and all the more reason to make sure rice is planted in areas with abundant rainfall, mainly in north Queensland, the NT and the north of WA.