We live in an ever changing agricultural economic and climatic environment. Local climate change, which has been experienced in many locations, is largely determined by the sea temperature many thousands of kilometres away.
This in turn is caused by the variable and sometimes very high energy emanating from the sun which heats some oceans increasing the moisture content of the atmosphere. This climate change which results in either lowered or increased rainfall as well as changed patterns is playing havoc with the planning of the production of dryland and irrigated crops in inland and coastal regions.
Some areas have received normal or even above normal rains this summer while others have received only about 24 mm in small showers from 2 mm to 7,5 mm. This situation follows the last four or five years of abnormal rainfall patterns. In the main many dryland farmers have not been able to store enough moisture in the fallow periods to be able to ensure the planting of grain crops in the optimum planting window of the current season.