After the heavy rains last February, the relatively dry March and April were most welcome across the country. Winter crops picked up from a poor starting point and field operations were completed with ease and in good time. However, this dry spell has now stretched into May and potentially beyond.

Unfortunately, 2018 and its drought, which severely affected spring cereals, is still fresh in the memory. The question now is whether the same will occur in 2020 or will crops thrive more in the heat? The answer to this will only become apparent in the coming weeks.