Drought declarations now cover almost two thirds of Queensland after a year of scarce rainfall in the state's central, southern and southeastern regions.
More than 65 per cent of the state is now drought-declared with many farmers struggling to cope with a lack of summer rain and hotter temperatures.
"The drought has seen poor pasture growth, failed winter and summer crops in many areas, as well as significant concerns about stock, irrigation and rural domestic water supplies moving forward into our normally dry winter period," Agricultural Minister Mark Furner said on Wednesday.
"And while central Queensland received recent rainfall triggering some winter crop plantings such as forage oats, barley and chickpeas, follow-up rain will be essential."
Recently drought declarations include the Ipswich, Gladstone, Scenic Rim, Rockhampton, Livingstone and Central Highlands regional councils.
Australian Associated Press