FLOODING across the Namoi Valley has wreaked havoc on crops, and as the region braces for more rain one farmer has shared his experience of being isolated on an 'island'.
Sixth-generation Boggabri farmer Andrew Watson said four generations of his family are currently stuck on the farm with floodwater encroaching on their back veranda and cutting off the road to town.
"We're currently cut off here on the other side of the river from Boggabri," he told the Leader.
"So we're cut off from the world on a little island."
While he said supplies of bread and milk were dwindling, he made light of the situation and said the family have been thinking of new ways to entertain themselves in the house.
"I've got lots of chickpeas, I might be able to make something out of that," he laughed.
"My parents are living on another place on the farm and my son and his partner are here with us, as well as their little baby.
"We do have a big deep freeze, so we've probably got enough. The family have been cooking nightly meals from different countries to keep themselves entertained."
The Boggabri cotton grower said most of their irrigated cotton is in good shape, as it's protected by banks or above the river.
But for the 250 hectares of dryland cotton currently inundated by about two feet of water, it's a different story.
"We don't think that'll survive so we'll have to take that through to another year and plant a different crop next year," he said.
"We're seeing the water in Gunnedah dropping now, so we're about a day and a half to two days behind that.
"Maybe tomorrow afternoon we might see it starting to drop here, but maybe a bit longer if this forecast rain comes in and it keeps up."
While his wheat crops have been sadly downgraded, if not, unable to be harvested, he said there were some positives to come out of the situation.
"It all happens and there's some good silver linings, there's water in the dam so we've got irrigation water available for the next couple years," he said.
"We've got water in the soil and I've got a corn crop that's over my head which hasn't had an irrigation yet.
"It's only another month of irrigating to finish the corn crop so two weeks and that'll be rain, so it'll be an amazing experience for that crop.
"It's just the way the world spins."
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