It might be the last week of April but the weather had other ideas earlier on Tuesday (26 April) as snow, sleet and hail battered crops across much of the country, to the surprise of growers.
Temperatures have plummeted in the past week or so, resulting in huge variations in crop growth and far from ideal conditions for drilling and spraying.
The crazy April weather is a complete contrast to the unseasonably warm winter growers experienced earlier this season, when crop growth was thought to be worryingly forward in some cases.
Twitter went into a frenzy earlier today as growers and agronomists from Yorkshire to Somerset rushed to report their confusion as the freezing weather hit.
No it's not fertiliser – hail in Wiltshire today! pic.twitter.com/c8VUHV4PtO
— Andy Nash (@AndyNash_Agrii) April 26, 2016
— Nick Grayson (@agrinick) April 26, 2016
Cold for the last week in April.! pic.twitter.com/ExrCPPL6zy
— Jim Bullock (@JimbullockCA) April 26, 2016
Sleet! Come on Mother Nature have a word with yourself and sort this out. #cantankerouroldbag
— David Blacker (@blacker_david) April 26, 2016
Then we wonder why crops aren't growing very quickly! pic.twitter.com/qLS52qmRWx
— Richard Hammond (@lincsagronomist) April 26, 2016
— Paul moss (@ArablePaul) April 26, 2016
— Guy Eckley (@No1FarmerGuy) April 26, 2016
Nitrogen or urea coming out of the sky #hailstones it's bloody freezing
— Jono Dixon (@sunkfarmer) April 26, 2016
— andy fussell (@andy_fuss) April 26, 2016
Oh lovely, hailstones , not. pic.twitter.com/MhFSKrKsF2
— Malc Parr (@tractorman07) April 26, 2016
Is this actually a joke?! pic.twitter.com/QQ8AYqOCls
— Ed Salmon (@EdSalmon1) April 26, 2016
Hail stones near royston. pic.twitter.com/nVXrQKJNr9
— Samuel Deane (@ArableSam) April 26, 2016
T1 walks in the snow #FUBAR
— James Grantham (@jwbgrantham) April 26, 2016
— Tim Bullock (@cropwalkertim) April 26, 2016