Wettest autumn in 23 years in the East
As 2024 gets underway, the effects of a supremely wet autumn are still very much being felt across much of the countryside in the east. With meteorologists confirming it as being the wettest alumni period for 23 years in the Eastern counties, it has left many fields under water – with crops struggling to survive amidst the saturated conditions. October alone saw rainfall totals widely between the 150mm and 200mm marker – around 3-4 times the long term average for the month.
As a result, demand for land drainage is unsurprisingly high as farmers look to get new drainage schemes designed and installed by way of response to the difficult conditions they are faced with on their farms. Will Mitchell who is responsible for many of the land drainage projects the company delivers comments; “Conditions out in the field this autumn have been unquestionably difficult from both a survey and project delivery perspective. Soils have now been at field capacity for a number of months and the ongoing rain is showing up a lot of problem areas within the countryside.”
Will continues; “The wet weather is exposing a lot of ditching and culvert related issues as well as fields which are need of comprehensive new land drainage schemes. We have received a lot of feedback over recent weeks from our client base detailing the difference that past drainage investments have made on farm and this seems to be fuelling demand for more investment in the future.
To get in touch about future land drainage and ditching works, please contact us on 01362 820371. William Morfoot Ltd offer a full design and delivery service for the projects we are involved in and count some of the leading names in UK Agriculture as part of our client base.