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Drought Recovery

Drought Recovery Guide

This new edition of the NSW Managing Drought Guide has been prepared to give NSW primary producers relevant information to help them make informed decisions on how to effectively manage the impacts of the current drought, as well as future extended dry spells.This guide reflects the unique pressures placed on NSW producers before, during and after drought and includes strategies and actions that farmers can consider as they deal with its effects on their businesses.

The road to recovery following drought can be a long one, the guide is a valuable tool to help guide management decisions and support primary producers during this challenging time.

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  • Financial management
  • Personal recovery
  • Pasture management
  • Cropping recovery
  • Weed and pest management
  • Animal health
  • Tree management

Following periods of drought, there are management decisions that will need to be made in order for primary producers to be able to successfully move into a phase of drought recovery and resume normal operations. The Drought recovery guide provides an overview of advice and guidance to help primary producers make management decisions to get back on their feet when drought breaks.

Recovering from drought

Financial management

During drought recovery, farmers need to consider a range of options to make financial management decisions.

Soil and pasture management

Following periods of drought, impacted soil and pasture can potentially be managed back into productivity.


Following drought or poor crop years there are a range of agronomic factors that can impact on cropping decisions.

Pest management

Implementing effective pest management strategies is essential following drought.

Weed management

Implementing effective weed management strategies is essential following drought.

Animal health and welfare

There are a range of animal health, nutrition and welfare issues that livestock producers should be aware of in the weeks and months following drought.


Drought can have significant impacts on water quality, affecting our native fish.


After prolonged periods of drought, crops and soils will have suffered and pests and disease pressures might increase.


Following the devastating impact of fires and drought, it is important that bee hives can recover and the welfare of our bees and beekeeping industry is supported.

Rural support, education and training

Growing the resilience, capacity and productivity of agricultural communities to respond to opportunities and to manage risk.

Climate and Weather

Up to date climate and weather information, resources and data can help farmers make management decisions and better prepare for and respond to seasonal conditions.