Alistair Pinkerton said his crops are looking “very dry and hungry” at Blackbirds Farm in Hertfordshire. Harvest has not begun on his farm, although he expects it to start by the middle to end of next week.

One hundred and sixty hectares of Astrid oilseed rape had needed more rain, he said, but hopes it may be ok once the combine starts.

He also grows 160ha of winter wheat, which had similarly suffered from lack of rain in the area. He is growing Consort for another year, plus Solstice and Xi19 for the first time. There was no current difference between the varieties, he added.