Prolonged wet weather means we should look at lighter machines
There are few natural events that cannot be turned to some advantage and I suppose the appalling wet and cold weather we have suffered has given drainage contractors and manufacturers of rainwear and winter woollies a great boost to their sales.
It has also meant that one can identify drains around the farm that are not performing properly and mark them for repair work next summer. That is presuming what we would call a summer arrives at some stage.
The constant wet also suits most tree species and is perhaps one of the reasons for the upsurge in applications to join the current afforestation scheme.
We must also bear in mind that there are always others who are worse off than we are and farmers in Britain have had to cope with even more dramatic flooding than we have endured.
One unfortunate man I saw being interviewed on TV had just sold his Aberdeen Angus suckler cows having spent 30 years building up a top class prize-winning herd.
His land was so wet last summer that he had only limited opportunities to let them out to graze. With no fodder left and soaking fields, he had no option but to sell them all at auction.
On a dismal day in February, when there was little else one could do, I attended the Farm Machinery show at Punchestown.
The organisers had done a great job in providing covered walkways between the packed exhibition halls and it was remarkable to see the number of farmers and contractors who turned up for the event.