Heatwave is last straw for some crop farmers

Spring barley crop badly affected by hot sunshine and no rain Credit: ITV Anglia

After the longest heatwave for more than 40 years it's been a boom and bust picture for the regions farmers.Some arable farmers are watching crops shrivel and die in the scorching sun but soft fruit growers and wine makers are enjoying a bumper year.Natalie Gray reports :

Six weeks of little or no rain and scorching temperatures means Nicholas Dean's field of spring barley is not coping at all well. He is a managing partner at Bure Farm Services farming 800 hectares near Wroxham in Norfolk.

But the heatwave is good news for soft fruit growers and wine makers in the East.

Winbirri Vineyard at Surlingham in Norfolk is hoping to produce the best grapes ever this year Credit: ITV Anglia