THE WEATHER is guaranteed to give people plenty to talk about. Here is a selection of some of the things the Farmers Weekly Farmer Focus writers had to say throughout 2005.

“With winter daytime temperatures averaging -30C, we have to keep the block heaters plugged in on the tractors and lorry, because a warm diesel is a happy diesel.” Richard Crewe (Jan 21)

“I have never known this farm to be so wet…scratch the top and it’s like a bog.” David Greasby (Jan 28)

“No doubt there’s a dry year just around the corner.” Chris Harrold (Jan 28)

“They say low rainfall is the limiting factor to good yields on the Canadian prairies, but with 180mm of rain in June, our problem is too much water.” Richard Crewe (July 8)

“I am not a happy man. We had 60mm of rain this weekend with winds up to 120km/h, which didn’t do the crop any good.” Hendrik Visser (9 Dec)

“With winter daytime temperatures averaging -30C, we have to keep the block heaters plugged in on the tractors and lorry, because a warm diesel is a happy diesel.” Crewe, Jan 21-27

“I have never known this farm to be so wet…scratch the top and it’s like a bog.” Greasby, Jan 28

“No doubt there’s a dry year just around the corner.” Harrold, Jan 28

“They say low rainfall is the limiting factor to good yields on the Canadian prairies, but with 180mm of rain in June, our problem is too much water.” Richard Crewe (July 8)

“I am not a happy man. We had 60mm of rain this weekend with winds up to 120km/h, which didn’t do the crop any good.” Hendrik Visser (9 Dec)

Keep an eye on FWi over the festive period to find out what else our Farmer Focus writers had to say about a host of topics. Tomorrow (29 December), Sugar reform, ELS and Biofuels come under the spotlight.