Friday, November 15, 2013

Too warm for some

For most of us, the warm weather in October was a bonus. Not for the farmers though and their winter crops of artichokes, cabbage and broccoli. Sunshine in the daytime is fine but at night time, these crops need the cold to harden off. Warm nights mean that the crops keep growing and that is not good for quality.

The other concern of farmers is that a late winter will effect the crops that they will be planting in spring which need warm weather.

Mind you, we are used to farmers complaining; too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry. When they have a poor crop they moan, when the harvest is bountiful and the prices are low they moan just the same. As my father used to say, “you don’t find many poor framers”. In spite of all their troubles, they all seem to drive round in fancy cars, live in big houses and have plenty of money to spend when they go out.

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