Tag: Weather

Posts that relate to the weather and seasons.

Seasonal climate outlook Mar-May 2021

The Bureau of Meteorology’s outlook for autumn, released today, shows above average rainfall likely for parts of eastern Queensland and New South Wales, and eastern Tasmania, with a more neutral outlook elsewhere. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Mar-May 2021

Seasonal climate outlook Mar-May 2021

The Bureau of Meteorology’s outlook for autumn, released today, shows above average rainfall likely for parts of eastern Queensland and New South Wales, and eastern Tasmania, with a more neutral outlook elsewhere. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Mar-May 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 February 2021

A PERSISTENT trough brought moderate to heavy falls to northern Australia, while a Tasman low generated moderate falls along the northern coast of New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 February 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 February 2021

A persistent trough brought moderate to heavy falls to northern Australia, while a Tasman low generated moderate falls along the northern coast of New South Wales. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 February 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 February 2021

TROPICAL lows and surface troughs brought moderate falls to northern Australia, while a cold front and pre-frontal trough generated moderate falls in parts of Central Australia and south-east Australia.   Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 February 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 February 2021

Tropical lows and surface troughs brought moderate falls to northern Australia, while a cold front and pre-frontal trough generated moderate falls in parts of Central Australia and south-east Australia.   Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 February 2021

Wagga sale 15 Feb 2021: Rain strenghtens restocker demand

Steer prices stepped up, pushed along by restockers and feedlots who have dominated weekly prime cattle sales for numbers in the wake of significant rain across the eastern seaboard. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 15 Feb 2021: Rain strenghtens restocker demand

Wagga sale 15 Feb 2021: Rain strengthens restocker demand

Steer prices stepped up, pushed along by restockers and feedlots who have dominated weekly prime cattle sales for numbers in the wake of significant rain across the eastern seaboard. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 15 Feb 2021: Rain strengthens restocker demand

Lamb and beef operations choose high rainfall zone to finish stock

SHEEP and beef producers seeking reliable land for livestock finishing are buying into the higher rainfall areas of Victoria, including former dairy regions, according to Elders rural real estate specialist at Camperdown Rob Rickard. Source: Sheep Central Lamb and beef operations choose high rainfall zone to finish stock

Wetter than average autumn still on the cards: BOM

March to May rainfall is likely to be wetter than average for most of Australia, according to the latest climate outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology. Source: Beef Central Wetter than average autumn still on the cards: BOM

'Ridiculous state of affairs': 15-month wait to get drought assistance

A NSW cattle farmer, who applied for a drought loan more than a year ago, says she’s relieved the funds have finally reached her bank account. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Ridiculous state of affairs’: 15-month wait to get drought assistance

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 10 Feb 2021

A TROPICAL low produced heavy falls over the Gascoyne District in Western Australia, and surface troughs generated moderate falls in the northern tropics, while a complex low pressure system and cold front brought moderate falls to eastern Victoria, south-east New South Wales and northern Tasmania.  Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook,… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 10 February 2021

A tropical low produced heavy falls over the Gascoyne District in Western Australia, and surface troughs generated moderate falls in the northern tropics, while a complex low pressure system and cold front brought moderate falls to eastern Victoria, south-east New South Wales and northern Tasmania.  Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook,… Read more »

Millions in flood recovery grants for Queensland farmers still on offer

The deadline for North Queensland farmers to claim a share of $300 million in a flood assistance scheme is extended after a “disappointing” take up. Source: ABC Livestock Millions in flood recovery grants for Queensland farmers still on offer

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 3 February 2021

AN active monsoon trough and tropical lows produced heavy falls in the northern tropics. Cold fronts and surface troughs generated moderate falls across south-east Australia.  Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 3 February 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 3 February 2021

An active monsoon trough and tropical lows produced heavy falls in the northern tropics. Cold fronts and surface troughs generated moderate falls across south-east Australia.  Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 3 February 2021

Mild, wet summer stretches SW Victoria harvest into February

Winter crop harvest in Victoria’s south west has extended into the beginning of February with growers still waiting to take off the last of this season’s crops as the mild, wet summer drags on. Source: Grain Central Mild, wet summer stretches SW Victoria harvest into February

Seasonal climate outlook February-April 2021

FEBRUARY to April is likely to be a wetter than average period across much of mainland Australia, with the strongest chances of above average rainfall likely in northern Queensland. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook February-April 2021

Lamb and mutton prices lift with reduced supply and rain

LAMB prices in all categories and mutton values finished higher in saleyards this week as quality supplies were limited by the Australia Day holiday, smaller offerings in major centres and the prospect of rain on the east coast. Source: Sheep Central Lamb and mutton prices lift with reduced supply and rain

Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2021

February to April is likely to be wetter than average across much of the mainland, with strongest chances of above average rainfall in northern Queensland. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Feb-Apr 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 27 January

Rainfall was recorded in all states and territories over the past week, with moderate to heavy falls across the northern tropics. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 27 January

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 27 January 2021

Rainfall was recorded in all states and territories, with moderate to heavy falls across the northern tropics. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 27 January 2021

La Niña-fed pasture growth creating sheep worm issues

SHEEP producers in south-west Victoria and the Riverina have been urged to closely monitor worm counts, with strong La Niña-fed pasture growth providing ideal conditions for worms. Source: Sheep Central La Niña-fed pasture growth creating sheep worm issues

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 20 January 2021

TROPICAL cyclone Kimi developed east of Cairns and tracked towards the coast, bringing moderate to heavy falls to the north tropical Queensland coast, while a cold front brought moderate falls to southern Victoria and western Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 20 January 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 20 January 2021

Tropical cyclone Kimi developed east of Cairns and tracked towards the coast, bringing moderate to heavy falls to the north tropical Queensland coast, while a cold front brought moderate falls to southern Victoria and western Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 20 January 2021

SE Asia Report: Access to stock tightens with return to normal wet season

Importers continue to struggle with a combination of a strong AUD and rising Australian cattle prices, while a “normal” Australian wet season after four weak monsoon years is restricting access to the small number of stock still available for live export, Dr Ross Ainsworth writes in this month’s South East Asian market report. Source:… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 13 January 2021

A SURFACE trough and the remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Imogen has brought widespread moderate falls to northern and eastern Queensland. while thunderstorms and showers produced moderate falls across the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 13 January 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 13 January 2021

A surface trough and the remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Imogen near the north tropical coast of Queensland brought widespread moderate falls to northern and eastern Queensland. while thunderstorms and showers produced moderate falls across the Top End in the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook,… Read more »

'Drought babies' soak up life-changing wet season after 10-year dry spell

Some farm children are hearing rain on the roof for the first time in their lives, and now can’t get enough of mucking about in muddy puddles as western Queensland gets a good drenching. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Drought babies’ soak up life-changing wet season after 10-year dry spell

Hot weather sparks reminder for working dog owners

WORKING dog owners have been reminded of their responsibilities when transporting their dogs on the back of utes during hot weather. Source: Sheep Central Hot weather sparks reminder for working dog owners

Rain postpones Roma’s return

Wet weather has delayed the return of cattle selling at Roma for 2021, with the first sale of the new year now expected to be held next Tuesday, January 19. Source: Beef Central Rain postpones Roma’s return

Towns watch rainfall records tumble as deluge brings joy to drought-scarred farmers

Heavy rainfall around the towns of Gunnedah and Tamworth is swelling rivers and waterfalls and delighting farmers celebrating an “unbelievable” end to a drought many of them thought would never be over. Source: ABC Grain Towns watch rainfall records tumble as deluge brings joy to drought-scarred farmers

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 December 2020

TROPICAL lows brought widespread moderate to heavy falls across north-west and interior Western Australia, with heavy falls in south-east Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales associated with a coastal trough and low pressure system. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 December 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 Dec 2020

Tropical lows brought widespread moderate to heavy falls across north-west and interior Western Australia, with heavy falls in south-east Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales associated with a coastal trough and low pressure system. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 Dec 2020

Paper identifies opportunities for farmers to benefit from action on climate change

Australia’s farmers are well placed to benefit from global market changes as countries and businesses around the world act on and adapt to climate change, the latest ABARES Insights paper has found. Source: Beef Central Paper identifies opportunities for farmers to benefit from action on climate change

Australia’s climate zones slide southwards at 60km/decade

AS climate change shifts Australia’s weather patterns southwards, producers should be adjusting their farming systems and considering where they might be farming in the future, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s newly-appointed general manager of agriculture, Cindy Cassidy. Source: Sheep Central Australia’s climate zones slide southwards at 60km/decade

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 9 December 2020

THUNDERSTORMS generated moderate falls across the northern tropics, south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales, while a cold front produced moderate falls in south-east Australia. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 9 December 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 9 Dec 2020

Thunderstorms generated moderate falls across the northern tropics, south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales, while a cold front produced moderate falls in south-east Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 9 Dec 2020

Australia’s climate zones slide southwards at 60km/decade

As climate change shifts Australia’s weather patterns southwards, producers should be adjusting their farming systems and considering where they might be farming in the future, according to BOM’s Cindy Cassidy. Source: Beef Central Australia’s climate zones slide southwards at 60km/decade

BOM says wet La Niña summer still on, despite heatwave

HOT and dry conditions that have afflicted much of Australia will soon pass, paving the way for the La Niña weather pattern to strengthen and bring on a wet summer, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Source: Sheep Central BOM says wet La Niña summer still on, despite heatwave

Wet La Niña summer still on the cards, despite heatwave: BOM

The hot, dry conditions that have afflicted much of Australia will give way to the La Niña weather pattern strengthening and bringing on a wet summer, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Source: Beef Central Wet La Niña summer still on the cards, despite heatwave: BOM

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 2 December 2020

SURFACE troughs triggered thunderstorms across northern Australia, while a cold front produced moderate falls in south-west Victoria and northern Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 2 December 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 2 Dec 2020

Surface troughs triggered thunderstorms across northern Australia, while a cold front produced moderate falls in south-west Victoria and northern Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 2 Dec 2020

Feedgrain Focus: Truck squeeze, weather support prices

Export demand and limited grower selling are helping to support prices this week as the market heeds a dry and extremely hot week ahead for south-eastern Australia which may prompt some harvest bans. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Truck squeeze, weather support prices

Heatwave set to strike NSW-Qld summer crops

Extreme heat wave conditions are forecast to hit the summer cropping regions of southern Queensland and north west New South Wales over the coming week. Source: Grain Central Heatwave set to strike NSW-Qld summer crops

Outlooks versus reality show rainfall still eludes many

A run of positive seasonal climate outlook statements pointing to signficantly improved rainfall probabilities for much of the country are still yet to translate to water on the ground for many rural producers. Source: Beef Central Outlooks versus reality show rainfall still eludes many

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2020-Feb 2021

December to February is likely to be wetter than average for nearly all of Australia, with a greater than 70pc chance in most areas, with the exception of Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2020-Feb 2021

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2020-Feb 2021

December to February is likely to be wetter than average for nearly all of Australia, with a greater than 70pc chance in most areas, with the exception of Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2020-Feb 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 November 2020

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms across the Kimberley in Western Australia and Top End in the Northern Territory, while A surface and upper-level trough produced moderate falls in southern and eastern Victoria. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 November 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 Nov 2020

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms across the Kimberley in Western Australia and Top End in the Northern Territory, while A surface and upper-level trough produced moderate falls in southern and eastern Victoria. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 Nov 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 November 2020

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms across the north and parts of eastern Australia, while cold fronts brought moderate falls to south-west Western Australia and western Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 November 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 Nov 2020

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms across the north and parts of eastern Australia, while cold fronts brought moderate falls to south-west Western Australia and western Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 Nov 2020

2020 State of the Climate report released

The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO have today released the latest biennial State of the Climate update, which they report shows continued warming of Australia’s climate, an increase in extreme fire weather and length of the fire season, declining rainfall in the southeast and southwest of the continent, and rising sea levels.  Source: Beef… Read more »

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 November 2020

TROUGHS and onshore flow produced thunderstorms across the central west and central coast of Queensland, while a cold front brought moderate falls to south-west Western Australia. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 November 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 Nov 2020

Troughs and onshore flow produced thunderstorms across the central west and central coast of Queensland, while a cold front brought moderate falls to south-west Western Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 Nov 2020

Bees bounce back from drought and fires as NSW rains bring bumper crops

Apiarists and crop farmers are abuzz at “probably the best start to a bee season in 20 years” after losing a third of the commercial population by the end of last summer. Source: ABC Livestock Bees bounce back from drought and fires as NSW rains bring bumper crops

More refined approaches emerging in managing summer heat stress in cattle

With summer rapidly approaching and record high temperatures recorded in many cattle areas in Eastern Australia earlier this year, heat stress management in feedlot cattle is again coming into focus – and a recent webinar on the topic provided some useful pointers to what lies ahead. Source: Beef Central More refined approaches emerging in… Read more »

Farmers, graziers alert issued for non-melanoma skin cancer

The Hidden in Broad Daylight campaign is encouraging farmers, graziers and other outdoor workers to get checked for non-melanoma skin cancers which can kill up to 1700 Australians per year. Source: Grain Central Farmers, graziers alert issued for non-melanoma skin cancer

Farmers’ alert issued for non-melanoma skin cancer

Backed by NSW farmer and grazier and former test cricketer Peter Taylor, the Hidden in Broad Daylight campaign encourages farmers and other outdoor workers to get checked for non-melanoma skin cancers which can kill up to 1700 Australians per year. Source: Beef Central Farmers’ alert issued for non-melanoma skin cancer

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 Nov 2020

A cold front and complex low pressure system produced moderate to heavy falls in eastern New South Wales and south-east Queensland, while a cold front and low pressure system brought widespread falls to the South West Land Division in Western Australia. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 Nov 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 Nov 2020

A cold front and complex low pressure system produced moderate to heavy falls in eastern New South Wales and south-east Queensland, while a cold front and low pressure system brought widespread falls to the South West Land Division in Western Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 Nov 2020

Eight drought research hubs to be established round Australia

A competitive grants process to establish eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs across regional Australia has opened. Source: Beef Central Eight drought research hubs to be established round Australia

Seasonal climate outlook Nov-Jan 2020

November to January is likely to be wetter than average for nearly all of Australia, with a greater than 65 pc chance in most areas, but drier than average for parts of western Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Nov-Jan 2020

Seasonal climate outlook Nov-Jan 2020

November to January is likely to be wetter than average for nearly all of Australia, with a greater than 65 pc chance in most areas, but drier than average for parts of western Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Nov-Jan 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 October 2020

SURFACE troughs and a low pressure system have triggered widespread thunderstorms across the eastern half of Australia and thunderstorms produced moderate falls in the Northern Territory. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 October 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 Oct 2020

Surface troughs and a low pressure system triggered widespread thunderstorms across the eastern half of Australia. Thunderstorms produced moderate falls in the Northern Territory. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 28 Oct 2020

Herd rebuild buoyed by anticipated summer rain

Anticipated drought-breaking rainfall across northern and eastern Australia this summer is expected to allow the national herd rebuild to gain pace, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s Cattle Industry Projections October quarterly update. Source: Beef Central Herd rebuild buoyed by anticipated summer rain

Long-term NQ flood recovery strategy released

A long-term recovery strategy for communities affected by the 2019 North Queensland flood has been finalised and released this week by the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency. Source: Beef Central Long-term NQ flood recovery strategy released

Rain brings Broken Hill sheep home from agistment

SHEEP from the Broken Hill district on both sides of the South Australian-New South Wales border are returning home to green feed following a six-month agistment on the plains and outer slopes of north-west NSW. Source: Sheep Central Rain brings Broken Hill sheep home from agistment

Feedgrain Focus: Markets lift as rain clouds harvest

Prompt markets for wheat and barley have rallied as consumers and exporters scramble to book and receive grain amid a rain-interrupted harvest in southern Queensland and north-west New South Wales. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Markets lift as rain clouds harvest

Market, seasonal conditions underpin strong wheat year: NAB

Increased rainfall and an international rally supporting prices auger well for Australian wheat, according to NAB’s latest Rural Commodities Wrap. Source: Grain Central Market, seasonal conditions underpin strong wheat year: NAB

Forecast rains set to stall Qld winter harvest, lift summer crop prospects

Harvesters have been going flat out across southern Queensland this week as growers try to take off as much of this year’s winter crop as they can before forecast heavy rains hit on the weekend. Source: Grain Central Forecast rains set to stall Qld winter harvest, lift summer crop prospects

Weather insurance spikes with La Niña and long-awaited winter harvest

Weather insurers have seen a spike in interest since La Niña was declared active by BOM, with grain growers looking to protect their best winter harvest in years. Source: ABC Grain Weather insurance spikes with La Niña and long-awaited winter harvest

Keeping bee hives safe during a storm or cyclone

As the storm season approaches, this seasoned beekeeper is offering tips for new enthusiasts on how to keeping their hives safe as a “big blow” weather system approaches. Source: ABC Livestock Keeping bee hives safe during a storm or cyclone

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Oct 2020

Thunderstorms were reported in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland, while a trough and cold front produced moderate falls in eastern parts of Australia. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Oct 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Oct 2020

Thunderstorms were reported in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland, while a trough and cold front produced moderate falls in eastern parts of Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Oct 2020

Outback residents urged to prepare as La Niña promises wet summer

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is encouraging outback residents to be ready for anything as forecasters predict higher than average rainfall this summer. Source: ABC Livestock Outback residents urged to prepare as La Niña promises wet summer

Radar blackspots concern outback residents as La Niña looms

Two new weather radars set to fill a notorious blackspot in North Queensland will not be operational for the upcoming wet season. Source: ABC Livestock Radar blackspots concern outback residents as La Niña looms

Farming at the frontline of climate change following record-breaking flood

Graziers Sue and Simon Gedda feel conflicted about the environmental impact of their beef enterprise, but rather than abandon the industry, they are becoming more sustainable. Source: ABC Livestock Farming at the frontline of climate change following record-breaking flood

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Oct 2020

A trough triggered thunderstorms and heavy rainfall in Darwin area in the Northern Territory, while a low pressure system and cold front brought widespread moderate falls in Victoria and Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Oct 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Oct 2020

A trough triggered thunderstorms and heavy rainfall in Darwin area in the Northern Territory, while a low pressure system and cold front brought widespread moderate falls in Victoria and Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 14 Oct 2020

La Nina likely to bring more rainfall

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its Severe Weather Outlook for October to April, showing an increased risk of flooding for eastern Australia and tropical cyclones in the north, with roughly average potential for heatwaves and severe thunderstorms. Source: Beef Central La Nina likely to bring more rainfall

More cyclones than average likely for Australia this season

An average to slightly above-average number of tropical cyclones are likely to form in the Australian region this season. Source: Beef Central More cyclones than average likely for Australia this season

Surviving on the Nullarbor — adapt or crumble under the worst drought on record

Life is tough on the Nullarbor at the best of times, but with a crippling drought wreaking havoc everywhere those who make a living off the land are contemplating an even more challenging future. Source: ABC Livestock Surviving on the Nullarbor — adapt or crumble under the worst drought on record

Webinar to address coping with extreme weather events

STRATEGIES to lessen the impact of extreme weather events on the southern grazing system will be explored in a webinar later this month. Source: Sheep Central Webinar to address coping with extreme weather events

South East rains give late boost to winter crops

Widespread rain across South Australia and Victoria in the past couple of days has given a late top up to winter crops. Source: Grain Central South East rains give late boost to winter crops

RIC drought loan scheme fails to deliver: GPA

GPA chairman, Andrew Weidemann, says wait times of a year or more to process applications and make payments to farmers under the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) drought loan scheme are totally unacceptable. Source: Grain Central RIC drought loan scheme fails to deliver: GPA