Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain for a few months in the Spring
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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Harvest in Highlands slow because of poor weather conditions

It seems that farmers in the Inverness, Nairn and surrounding areas are quite far behind in getting in their grain harvests this year because of the poor weather conditions, with many fields being water-logged so making it difficult to get combine harvesters onto the land. This article in Farmers Weekly focusses on one farm near Nairn.

People like me who do most of our shopping in supermarkets, or even farm shops, can be blissfully unaware of where their food comes from and the weather-related difficulties that can have a knock-on effect on supplies and prices. Currently I am in Spain and we had our own severe weather-related problems a few days ago, with 3 or 4 inches of rain falling in 24 hours on many areas nearby and in one particular area they 9 or 10 inches over the same period - rather dramatic and the price has been 10 deaths and several hundred made homeless, quite apart from the damage to road and rail links (with a number of crucial bridges having been damaged or destroyed) and to agricultural production. It is salutary to be reminded that nature still rules all our lives.

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