…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media.
A Welsh Christmas tree farmer, Rob Morgan, has taken significant measures to counter the prolonged dry spell in the country.
Investing over £20,000, Morgan aims to ensure the survival and success of his business amidst the challenging weather conditions.
Struggling with Summer Challenges:
Rob Morgan, the owner of Gower Fresh Christmas Trees, has encountered difficulties in the past due to summertime conditions.
In 2018, he lost approximately 10,000 newly grown Christmas trees to a heatwave.
Last summer also brought prolonged warm temperatures, and the current month has experienced consistent dry and sunny weather, with the last rainfall in Swansea occurring on May 9.
Investing in Rainmaking Technology:
To mitigate the impact of the ongoing dry spell, Mr. Morgan has decided to invest £22,000 in a new system.
This system allows him to simulate rainfall on his land by using a water-pumping mechanism that showers water over his crops.
By employing this technology, Morgan hopes to alleviate the adverse effects of the drought and safeguard his Christmas tree business.
Challenges Faced by Farmers:
Mr. Morgan acknowledges that the water problem is a common issue faced by many farmers.
He emphasizes that every year, particularly in May and June, farmers struggle due to the weather conditions.
Recognizing the importance of adapting to nature rather than working against it, Morgan has adjusted his farming practices to accommodate the unpredictable climate.
As a farmer, he accepts the demanding nature of his profession, which requires year-round dedication.
Unrelenting Heat and Dry Spell:
The forecast for Wales indicates that the hot and dry weather is expected to persist for a considerable period.
Temperatures are projected to hover around 21°C to 22°C over the upcoming weekend and early next week, reaching up to 25°C in certain parts of Wales by Friday.
The following weekend is predicted to maintain similar conditions, with temperatures of 23°C anticipated in Cardiff on both Saturday and Sunday (June 10 and 11).
Some relief may come in the form of rainfall on Monday, June 12, a full nine days away.
In the face of a continuing dry spell, Welsh Christmas tree farmer Rob Morgan has made a significant investment to ensure the viability of his business.
By embracing innovative rainmaking technology, Morgan strives to combat the adverse effects of the dry weather and protect his crops.
Despite the challenges posed by unpredictable weather conditions, Morgan remains committed to his profession, demonstrating the resilience and dedication of farmers.
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