In years with a poor harvest too many people could be brought west and some would find themselves out of work.
But the rains came late this year and brought a poor harvest.
A lack of rain has produced a particularly poor harvest this year.
Cold weather last year contributed to a very poor harvest.
There are many reasons for the poor harvest beyond the weather.
There hadn't been much food to store, after a poor harvest.
Grain production was cut by at least a third, because of a particularly poor harvest.
In addition, many people fear a poor harvest and even famine.
However, during the 1960s to 1990s it experienced poor harvests.
Then there was a long drought which produced a very poor harvest.