Wheat crops 'written off' because of bad weather

Food prices are likely to rise after UK farmers reported a poor harvest due to the rainy summer.

Today Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will address farming representatives at a summit which will discuss ways of improving farmers' access to financial support.

The NFU's March 2013 cereals update showed:

  • A decline in winter wheat of around 12%, with some crops written off, the crop will rely on good growing conditions from now on
  • Demand of winter barley and oats has declined, and planting has suffered, winter oats could in stead be replaced by spring oats
  • A quarter of oilseed rape is in a "very poor condition"

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Minister hosts farming summit

A landmark summit will be held by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to help farmers after a "particularly tough" year. Ways of improving farmers' access to financial support after a year of bad weather will be discussed.