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Harvest woes for farmers after wetter than normal June

We may be into August and harvest time, but farmers say they're finding crops are underperforming, costing them thousands of pounds.

We've been talking to a farmer in Worcestershire who supplies all his grain to make lager in Burton on Trent but after a wetter than normal start to the summer, has had to go to great lengths this year to make sure his grain is good enough. Melissa Wright reports.

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Deluge after two inches of rain falls in nineteen hours

Video report by ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin

There are 61 flood warnings and alerts across the Midlands as torrential heavy rain caused waterways to swell and burst their banks.

Some of the worst flooding has been in Warwickshire, with homes and motorists affected.

But with more wet weather forecast tonight and into tomorrow, there may be more misery to come. Chris Halpin reports.

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Farming chiefs to meet Government for dairy crisis talks

Farmers blocked the Tesco distribution centre at Avonmouth on Sunday night. Credit: Farmer for Action

Farming industry leaders will meet with Government ministers today in a bid to thrash out a deal amid the ongoing dairy crisis.

A number of protests have been staged recently by farmers who say milk is being sold in supermarkets for less than it costs to produce.

Supermarkets Asda, Aldi and Morrisons have already agreed to pay farmers more for milk.

Environment Secretary Liz Truss will host a summit with the presidents of four farming unions in central London to discuss further measures to help the industry.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph at the weekend, Ms Truss said: "We need to make sure that our producers are able to meet the challenges they face so that they can capitalise on the growing interest in food provenance, standards and safety to capture more of the market at home and abroad."

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Bakewell show expected to attract 60,000 visitors

The 185th Bakewell Show opened today in the heart of the Peak District. Our reporter, Martin Fisher, was there to soak up the sights and sounds, as well as taking a look at some of the issues affecting the agricultural industry.

Now as far as agricultural shows go, our region boasts some of the finest - the Lincolnshire Show in June..The Great Yorkshire Show in July

There's the biggest one-day show in the country at Driffield, and today in the heart of the Peak District it's the opening day of the 185th Bakewell Show. There for us , sampling all its bucolic delights is Martin Fisher

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