Michael Kiernan's lucerne crop was a godsend in the dry Southland summer this season.
The latest tome is called Turning the Sods and is a compilation of his best columns written since 2014.
Edmeade says that he still gets a lot of positive feedback - in some cases about columns that are several years old.
"Some readers have urged me, 'Don't give up now, we need you more than ever before'," he explains.
"This stimulated me to consider publishing a compilation of these columns. This book is the result."
Turning the Sods is comprised of 108 columns and is presented in several distinct themes. These include: ‘philosophical considerations,’ ‘science’ and the ‘management of science,’ the ‘pastoral sector,’ ‘climate change,’ water quality – as well as the dangers of extreme ‘environmentalism’ such as ‘Regenerative Agriculture.’
Jock Allison, a fellow agricultural scientist, in his forward to the book, says it is a valuable technical contribution to pastoral agriculture in New Zealand.
“It is a mine of information for farmers and agriculturalists.”
In recommending the book, Allison suggests that there should be a copy of it on the desk or bedside table of all farmers, agricultural professionals and students.