Opportunity and trouble from climate change
Few people dispute that our climate is shifting.
We cant assume the seasons familiar to our fathers and grandfathers will return.
New cropping opportunities from a warmer climate, for example grain maize, are bound to arise. But they are sure to be accompanied by fresh weed, disease and pest problems.
Learning how to adapt cropping patterns and husbandry practices to make the most of the benefits while minimising the disadvantages will bring new challenges.
The dramatic changes forecast for 50 years from now described in our Arable Section could be with us much sooner than we think.