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Sodden cauliflower fields in Cornwall

A farmer in Crowlas, Cornwall has told us they're really being affected by the weather.

Vegetable grower David Wallis said "usually we would double crop so we would harvest the cauliflowers, then turnover the field to sew early potatoes but its just been so wet we can't get out to plant."

Sodden cauliflower field in Crowlas, Cornwall Credit: ITV News West Country


Dairy farmer says weather having huge impact

Farmers across the west country say months of wet weather will have a serious impact on the industry this year. Livestock and dairy farmers are having to keep animals inside because of the sodden ground. That means hundreds of pounds in extra feed and bedding.

In Cornwall only five percent of the early potato crop has been planted, which will affect supplies in the summer. We spoke to Chris Cardell who is a dairy farmer and a spokesperson for the NFU.

Farmers find their feet on The Lizard

The Amiss family took over Britain's most southerly mainland farm in September Credit: ITV News West Country

New tenants are settling in at mainland Britain's most southerly farm. The Amiss family took over the farm on The Lizard in September. They've agreed to run the farm on a 20 year lease from the landowners, The National Trust.


Farm crime: full report

Devon and Cornwall Police say that reducing rural crime is one of the top priorities for the force. Thefts of machinery and livestock costs many millions of pounds each year and pushes up insurance premiums.

Police and landowners met today to identify crime trends and find solutions. Our Exeter correspondent Seth Conway reports.

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