I am still not sure how we will remember the planting and growing seasons for the crop of 2017. Autumn planting conditions were generally excellent, but yet some late-sown crops suffered poor establishment. Spring planting was delayed, but the early crops have been growing well since they went into the ground. Some later-sown crops suffered in the drought but most have recovered well.

April and half of May were dry months and this helped reduce pressure from wet-season diseases such as septoria, rhyncho and net blotch. While there was some serious early septoria, its spread seemed to be contained in the dry weather and while we have had some big bursts of rain since, lower infection levels tend to result in lower infection pressure.