How the weather influences farming?
By Nicola Treacy
The weather influences farming a lot because if it is wet outside you cannot get out and about in the fields to do work such as ploughing, sowing and spraying. This quote really sums up a farmers relationship with the weather ‘a farmer depends on himself, the land and the weather’. No other job has as difficult working conditions as farming does but I guess that is part of the job and one of the challenges of the job that many people love to do wither it is part time or a full time job.
Many people have little respect for what farmers do to put food on mine and your table. I think that we need to give the farmers a little bit more respect for what they do and how hard they work. As many people are still tucked up in bed some farmers could be up and starting their day or finishing it. If it wasn’t for farmers and their determination to keep going with the challenges they face on a day to day bases wither it is a low price for their produce or the troublesome weather heir would be no food to put on the table for you and me to eat.
The most memorable memories that I have with my farm is the drought in 2018 which was the driest of summers in the last couple of decades. This weather event caused many problems for farmers such as shortage of water for their cattle and shortage of grass, cereals had to be harvested much earlier than a ‘normal’ year nearly as early as the begin of July compared to mid-July and along with this problem many machines started to go a blaze because of the ragging sun. The second most memorable weather event was the ‘big snow’ in 2010 and 2011. This was memorable because I had very little school that year, being not able to keep up with the speed of lambing and not at all being able to see the bay lambs in the field.