The head of the Murray Darling Basin Authority admits the authority is powerless to prevent upstream farmers harvesting rainwater desperately needed to flow through the river system for the benefit of all users.
Picking has begun in central Queensland in what is thought to be the earliest harvest in recent decades as WA's Ord looks to bounce back.
Six thousand hectares of cotton in Walgett, New South Wales, is potentially worthless after being affected by poisonous spray drift.
Trials of dryland cotton at Strathmore Station in Queensland's Gulf Country pave the way for the first large-scale commercial crop.
Outback parents are forced to drive their children hundreds of kilometres to bathe after they're exposed to toxic river water which doctors suspect is giving them reoccurring and antibiotic-resistant skin infections.