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Growers and agronomists took to Twitter to air their pleasure that winter has arrived, ushering in a spell of harsh frosts and sub-zero temperatures across many parts of the UK.

The bitter conditions are in stark contrast to last December, which was officially the warmest on record with an average temperature of 8C for the month.

The hope is that the cold blast will hold back the spread of crop diseases, such as yellow rust, and deter pests.

See also: Yellow rust disease strikes North Eastern wheat crops

We’ve cherry-picked our favourite winter weather farming tweets to capture the mood of arable farmers across the country.