David in his pickup truck under his irrigation system© Andrew Swallow
Looking back, 2017 has been a year of volatility and extremes. What was shaping up as an excellent harvest was significantly damaged in both yield and quality by unprecedented rains. Rain started mid-February and continued unabated through winter until the tap was not just turned off, but the handle thrown away in early October. See also: Read more from our Arable Farmer Focus writers The driest eight-week period ever recorded in Canterbury followed, with just 12mm falling here in land […]