Weather in coming weeks ‘absolutely crucial’ to reap, union chief warns

The climate over the subsequent few weeks shall be “absolutely crucial” for this 12 months’s harvest, a union chief has warned.

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) deputy president Tom Bradshaw has mentioned the “atrocious” harvest climate might spoil barley and wheat crops this summer time.

The NFU consultant mentioned farmers are already going through a marginal 12 months and will must pay additional to dry out crops and cut back their costs if crops are of worse high quality.

Mr Bradshaw mentioned he was unable to make use of the mix harvester at his farm in Essex for almost per week due to the moist climate.

He informed the PA information company: “We had 44 millimetres of rain on Saturday and we had 21 on Friday. So, over the course of 36 hours we had about 65mm of rain after we have been imagined to be harvesting the crop. It actually is fairly testing.

We’re taking all the chance in rising these crops and there will be many which can be questioning whether or not they can proceed funding the crop for subsequent 12 months

Tom Bradshaw, NFU

“You have got a machine that’s worth over £200,000, which is only used for five weeks a year and it’s sat there for six days not being used. It is really, really frustrating.”

Mr Bradshaw predicted it’s “going to be a really challenging year financially for farming” and the unhealthy climate might add to the large variety of challenges going through the business.

He informed the PA information company: “When farmers were buying fertiliser last year, it was double the price that it had been the previous year.

“We’ve grown the crops using very expensive inputs and the market had already drifted a long way from where it had been a year ago.”

Mr Bradshaw added that if the standard of barley just isn’t excessive sufficient it’s bought to feed animals and farmers must promote it at a considerable low cost.

The NFU deputy president defined chopping crops across the begin of August is traditionally early, however due to the recent, dry climate in June crops have been prepared two weeks in the past and little or no of it has been harvested to this point due to the “rubbish weather”.

He mentioned: “It is still very early days at the moment and the weather over the next two or three weeks will be absolutely crucial…

“We’re taking all the risk in growing these crops and there’ll be many that are questioning whether they can continue funding the crop for next year.”

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