We asked readers to share their stories – from rising grain prices, to the falling value of stock and the urgent need for help
Michael McGowanSat 4 Aug 2018 00.32 BST
The price of grain is rising. The price of stock is falling. Everywhere is dust, and the trees are dying. You don’t hear frogs any more.
South-east Australia is in the grip of a drought worse than many can remember.
Last month was the second-hottest July on record, and the driest since 2002. It continued a 15-month run of below-average rainfall across New South Wales, central Queensland, the north-west of Victoria and into South Australia.
Here, those on the land – cattle farmers, grain growers and others living through the drought – share their stories of anxiety, fear and resilience.