This year has been a real challenge to all farming systems. Stock had to be taken off the land a month ago in some areas due to the impact of poaching. Tillage farms were badly impacted by the combination of wet initially, then drought and now wet again. While this has caused yield and quality issues, having to harvest and work on the land now to save the harvest poses additional risk of soil damage with longer-term consequences.

Farmers are beginning to realise that when land takes a beating it leaves a mark on productivity in the following years.