A field of leeks© Tim Scrivener
Like wheat, leeks thrive in the British climate and growers face the same challenges as their cereal counterparts – including insects developing pyrethroid resistance and a dwindling herbicide armoury. The UK currently produces 40,000-50,000 tonnes of leeks (Allium porrum) annually from about 2,000ha. Leeks were once grown widely across the country, but in recent years production has become concentrated in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and the Midlands – although sizeable areas are still grown elsewhere, such as north Wales. See also: What’s involved […]