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Cold weather delays daffodil crop

Has spring really sprung? Credit: PA : Anthony Devlin

A flower breeder from Falmouth says a cold and dry January means his daffodil crop has failed to flower in time for the first days of spring.

Ron Scamp,72, who has the world's largest collection of novelty daffodil varieties with 2,700 different types, says it is a marked contrast from last year where he had more than 250 varieties in full bloom. This year he has only about 10.

Commercial growers would normally expect their fields to be full of yellow blooms when 'meteorological spring' began on March 1st. Daffodil farmers believe the recent cold weather will delay the burst of colour by up to two weeks.

South West farmers affected by fly-tipping

More than two thirds of farmers are being affected by fly-tipping, according to new research from the NFU.

The union is encouraging people to dispose of their rubbish more responsibly. Last year there was a case of fly tipping every 44 seconds.

The cost to clean up the waste on farmland was around £47 million.

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Famers say they need EU grants as letter sent to Prime Minister

Conservation groups and farmers in the West Country have sent a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to do all he can to encourage the European Parliament to continue offering them environmental grants.

They're used by many of our farmers to look after the countryside and wildlife, and many say their very survival depends on getting them. Our reporter John Andrews went to meet one man who relies heavily on the current grants on offer.

Farmers pressure government for grants

Environmental groups and farmers in our region have sent a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to do all he can to encourage the European Parliament to continue offering them environmental grants.

Plymouth farmer Jon Andrews gets European grants to help create habitat for species like the highly endangered cirl bunting. Many farmers like him say their very survival depends on getting the grants.

Tesco increases farmers' milk price

Farmers staged protests this summer over low milk prices Credit: ITV Westcountry

Farmers in the westcountry who supply milk to Tesco are to get a pay rise of just over 2p a litre from next month. It follows a summer of protests over planned price cuts which saw a series of blockades at dairy processors including Robert Wiseman near Bridgwater.

Morrisons and the Co-Op hiked their prices following the demonstrations. Tesco says the new price of up to 31.58p per litre follows a regular review and is not connected to the protests.

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