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Fund Manager Turned Farmer Birch Contending With Drought

England’s hottest weather in more than three centuries is making Graham Birch, the country’s best natural-resources fund manager for a decade, concerned about the state of his spring crop.

The corn and grasses grown for livestock on the 2,300-acre farm in the southwestern county of Dorset are already beset by the heat and lack of water, Birch said by phone on May 18. Rain will be needed soon to keep yields for wheat and rapeseed planted at the end of last year from dropping, he said.