The Dealer doesn’t need to remind any farmer about the inclement spring of 2018 but I was struck by just how bad it has been on May eve.

Like many others, I was out shaking Easter water in the corners of each of my fields in an attempt to ward off piseogs and other misfortunes. The ancient tradition is supposed to protect my crops for the year ahead. This year is the first time I can remember shaking the holy water on stubbles instead of a growing crop.