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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Keywords

Drought, Dry conditions, Western Australia

First Page Number

49

Last Page Number

53

Abstract

The drought of 1969 ended an 11-year run of good seasons in the eastern and north-eastern wheatbelt. Good years usually have above average rainfall; wheat yields and pasture growth are greatly reduced if rains are well below average. Eighty years records show that half the years must be expected to be below average and about one-third could be well below. This area produces one-third of the State's wheat and has 9 per cent, of its sheep.

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