It’s easy digging for rabbits in a field of red clover in Shropshire – as the worst drought in living memory has yet to break.
Dairy and beef producer John Downes said at a BGS event held on his farm near Longnor in September, that he cannot remember a year like it. Cows were going into paddocks at heights they would normally be coming out of, as grass growth is slow or non-existent.
The drought is affecting farms in a ‘funnel’ across from Mid Wales through the Midlands and over to East Anglia where producers are more used to low rainfall – although even here the drought is more severe than usual.
Does this mean farmers should be sowing more drought-tolerant varieties in their re-seeds from now on?