Golden rain ended south Lincolnshire drought

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MEMORIES OF THE GREAT WAR: This week 100 years ago

Following a drought which lasted approximately six weeks, farmers in the region were finally celebrating a ‘golden rain.’

However, the hay and corn harvest was suffering - with many hundreds of farmers and farmers’ sons in training across the country, especially in the Yeomanry.

Edmund Woodhead, of Friskney, stated that many men had been called up on the mobilisation and had been away since the previous August.

He asked why they could not be given a fortnight’s ‘furlong’ for harvest - rather than the hiring out of soldiers to work on the farms.

“They would appreciate the change, their prescence would be as valuable as their work, and in the case of yeomen they could take their horses with them...for these would be better for a fortnight’s run in a good grass field.”

Damage had been done by the midsummer frost to the early potato growths - reported by farmers at the Spalding market.

It was feared that the effects of the rain on the damaged plants could cause them to grow out.

Elsewhere, the re-planting and re-stocking of the lands laid waste by the war was being rallied by the Royal Agricultural Society.

King George had encouraged the project and it was bringing together the spirit of the nation.

Aid had been despatched to Serbia, where a ‘dearth’ of seeds and lack of tools had reduced the farmers to ‘helplessness.’

It was reported that when the time arrived, all possible aid money and help would be sent to the agriculturists of France and Belgium, whose possessions had been desolated by the fighting.

The enterprise gave assurance that all those connected in any way with the land would worthily respond to the claims of our allies.