D-Risk has been co-developed and tested with a number of agribusinesses partners who are concerned about their vulnerability to drought, and their capacity to cope with possible future reduced water availability. Each of the case studies below represents a different approach to drought risk regarding business objectives, drought vulnerability and preparedness. Click on each case study for more information.
The Euston Estate has over 500 ha of irrigated crops (mainly potatoes, onions, parsnips, carrots) reliant on irrigation from winter storage reservoirs. Business concerns regarding the future risk of droughts within a new regime of abstraction licensing; and the need for more storage.
W.O. & P.O. Jolly has nearly 250 ha of irrigated light Breckland (sandy) soils producing a mix of potatoes, onions, root crops (carrots, parsnips, sugar beet) and cereals with direct summer groundwater abstraction and no reservoir storage. Business concerns regarding reductions in groundwater allocation and lack of alternate water sources.
Frederick Hiam Ltd has over 380 ha of irrigated crops (potatoes, onions, parsnips and parsley root) on light Breckland soils with irrigation from a combination of summer (direct) and winter (storage) licences. Concerns regarding increased climate uncertainty and frequency of droughts; and reliable water supply following abstraction licensing reform.
Blankney Estate is the only UK agribusiness involved in commercial chlorophyll production from dried grass and lucerne on over 290 ha of sandy soils in Lincolnshire. Irrigation is provided from a combination of direct and winter storage licences from both surface and groundwater sources.
The Wisley Golf Club is a private 27 hole golf club in Surrey with over 35 ha of irrigated fine turf (full fairway system) relying on a single groundwater abstraction licence. The primary purpose of irrigation is to maintain optimum playability (bounce and ball speed) on the course and to support other turf management practices (top dressing and fertilization).
“Risk averse in water means pulling back on production to be sure we have sufficient headroom to cope with the very worst of conditions. Commercially this is very difficult for us, we can’t afford it. So we have to accept a higher level of risk that we feel comfortable with”