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The future of farming in drought-hardened Australia

In Australia, droughts are becoming more frequent and severe, reducing agricultural output in a $36bn industry. Until the rains came early this year, farmers in New South Wales had suffered their worst drought on record. But as the FT’s Jamie Smyth discovers, they’re fighting back in a variety of ways, ranging from digital moisture measurement to satellite mapping and innovative crop rotation