There could be fewer crops and higher prices for fruit and vegetables after weeks of record rainfall. Farmers in our region are warning that their fields are waterlogged, making planting and harvesting more difficult.
Field conditions are so bad that harvesting machines are gettingstranded in several feet of mud. Here, another tractor is on standbyto pull the harvester free.
At TH Clements near Boston the cauliflower crop is being harvested but the rain means they are currently 4-5 weeks behind. Planting schedules are having to be rearranged to fit in a second crop to try to avoid shortages.
There could be fewer crops and higher prices for fruit and vegetablesafter weeks of record rainfall. Farmers in our region are warning thattheir fields are waterlogged, making planting and harvesting moredifficult.
The National Farmers' Union has warned that there could be loweryields later in the year because normal growing has been so badlydisrupted. There are reports of farmers abandoning machinery in fieldsand working by hand because of poor conditions.
If fewer crops are harvested, prices could rise in the shops as demandfor produce that is I'm short supply increases.
Farmers in our region are warning we could soon be paying more for fruit and vegetables in shops because of the wet weather. They are struggling to plant crops in waterlogged fields after two of the wettest Spring months on record. The amount harvested is expected to fall.