Is it going to rain again or is this 1976 mark 2??


Who knows?
Of the past 5 years 2018 would be the only one at this stage where You wouldn’t find people asking that old question and it was the one that turned out to be it.


I was 10 in 1976 and can remember the brown grass,hard to think 10 yr olds now would be too bothered.wasnt it the prolonged heat that did the damage

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Arable Farmer
It won't be a 76. Rained up till mid June in 76. More like 1984, cold and dry early on, and I think it continued dry over most of the summer. Used all our irrigation water early on to keep frosts off soft fruit flowers which didn't leave any water for later on.......
Sooo . . .

if it doesn’t rain for two weeks it’s a disaster & the worst drought ever

if it rains for a week it’s a disaster & floods & everyone wants to put in drains & get rid of the water

doesn’t sound like there is much resilience in the system . . .

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...