Australian drought, fires taking a toll on crops and livestock
January 14, 2020 By Rhiannon Branch Filed Under: News, weather
Australia’s crops and livestock are being heavily impacted
by wildfires and extended drought conditions.
USDA meteorologist Harlan Shannon says at the beginning of
the week an estimated 10 million hectares of land had been burnt by wildfires, with
nearly 8.5 million of those in New South Wales.
“The area burned is approximately the size of the state of Kentucky.”
He says crops like cotton and sorghum are suffering from the
drought, but the biggest impact from the fires will be on the beef, dairy and
“The fires have killed livestock, burned pastures, destroyed buildings and fencing, and interrupted transportation throughout the impacted regions.”
Shannon says recent cooler temperatures and light rains have
helped with wildfire containment, but heavy rains are needed to improve conditions.
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