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Mild winters leads to rush to pick daffodil crop

Daffodil pickers working in the fields Credit: ITV Channel TV

Agricultural workers in Jersey are rushing to pick their daffodil crop before it turns.

Daffodil growers say another mild winter has seen their flowers bloom early.

Recent unpredictable weather patterns in the Channel Islands, with the hottest, coldest, wettest and driest days recorded makes planning planting very difficult.

Farmer, Charlie Gallichan says another mild winter has seen flowers bloom early Credit: ITV Channel TV

We've had some very warm weather. We've not really had a winter, so the crop has really been moving at pace, so we've been picking very hard.

When we get a bit behind we focus on the heavier crops, which are the flowers that have been in the ground for two, three or four years.

– Charlie Gallichan, farmer

Growers say they are still recovering from the Beast from the East in spring 2018, which saw up to 8cm of snow, heavy winds and ice hit the Bailiwicks.

The timing of the deep freeze damaged bulbs in the ground, and farmers are still seeing yields affected.

Mr Gallichan says he expects to see his crop return to normal next year, conditions permitting.