Britain before worst wheat harvest since 1980s

According to the National Farmers' Union, the UK's wheat harvest is likely to decline significantly this year and, after consecutive seasons of extreme weather, close a turbulent year for UK agriculture. Yields could drop by about a third, with the worst harvest predicted since the 1980s, the farmers' organization said.
"We have seen very challenging conditions across the country," said Tom Bradshaw, NFU vice president and arable farmer in Essex. “Yields have decreased and this appears to be the lowest harvest in about 30 years. The qualities are very different and we don't know anything about it before everything has been harvested ".
The good growing conditions in summer, when around half of the wheat crop across the country was harvested, ended last week in many regions with violent thunderstorms after the mini heatwave, when temperatures were highest above 34 ° C.
The problems with the harvest started at the beginning of the year. While this spring was the sunniest since comparable measurements began in 1929 and much drier than usual, it followed the wettest February ever recorded.Storms Ciara and Dennis hit many regions of the UK early and mid-month, causing widespread flooding, followed by Storm Jorge.
After a soaked winter, the soil was too wet in many areas and the further downpours in February made many farmers unable to till their fields. For many, the start of the growing season was bad. All of this was followed by a dry period, which meant germination was difficult and delayed in many places, Bradshaw told the British Guardian.
As a result, it could be the weakest wheat crop in 30 years, Bradshaw said. He estimated that yields would drop around 30-35% across the country and possibly even lower in some places. That would make the UK more likely to become a net importer of grain this year.
It is unlikely that there will be problems importing grain as other parts of the world have had good harvests. It's been a difficult year for UK farmers. Grain farmers will be under pressure if the UK leaves the EU at the end of the year without an agreement.Then the tariff regime would mean a catastrophe for agricultural exports. Because of this, many UK farmers will want to sell their barley harvest before the end of December, which may mean they will have to accept lower prices. "We have a well-known export market now, but uncertainty will increase from January," said Bradshaw.

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