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UK growers at risk of not being able to harvest amid wet weather

In the UK, damage to crops brought by Storm Francis has added further misery to a difficult growing season. Also, according to some analysts, imports may place a cap on domestic price rises.

Weather has played havoc with the 2020 harvest, with some UK farmers still to get started and others seeing huge variations in yields and quality. Many are also facing a jump in production costs.

Nottinghamshire farmer John Charles-Jones said he would be harvesting only a fraction of the usual grain tonnage after losing his oilseed rape crop and waterlogged soils from September until early spring meant he was unable to drill any wheat.

According to a survey of 66 UK farmers undertaken in April as part of a Government consultation on food security, More than three-quarters of growers have incurred additional costs this year.

An article on explains that half had to carry out additional cultivations and more than a third said unused chemistry for winter crops was affecting cashflow. Farmers had also faced rising costs from buying additional chemistry for spring crops, increased seed rates and hiring extra labour or contractors to deal with the compressed working window.


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