90mm of rain in May and a further 90mm in June have left some crops in a sorry state. Don’t get me wrong, rain in May and June has a huge positive benefit on our drought prone soils but 60mm in a 24 hour period along with high winds does not! On the Friday before my son’s wedding (second attempt) it rained all day and … Continue reading Wet weather makes an impact.
From my monthly column in the Henley Standard this is the piece from June 4th. By 2070 the world population is forecast to reach 10 billion people, so we have to find sustainable ways to feed everyone. As I mentioned in my last Farming Matters column, where I talked about climate change, synthetic nitrogen fertiliser is having an impact on our industry’s carbon footprint. The … Continue reading Smarter farming
I got a call from the local ITV Meridian evening news show for the Thames Valley. They were getting all excited about April moving towards being the driest on record. I wasn’t entirely convinced that this was a news worthy story, but I decided to get involved for two reasons. Firstly it might make it rain, and it has, 4mm so far, some more would … Continue reading Rain where are you?