Lack of rain has seen farmers highlight the impact dry weather is having on crops across much of the UK.
The UK as a whole saw just 47% of the average April rainfall, says the Met Office.
Middlesex, Mid Lothian and Fife were the driest historical counties this month with just 12% of the rainfall expected during the month.
After one of the driest winters in 20 years, more than four-fifths of the country’s rivers have fallen to abnormally low levels, with growing concern of a severe drought.
The NFU says it is working closely with the Environment Agency, public water supply companies, Defra and the Met Office to assess the situation as this spell of dry weather continues.
NFU vice-president Guy Smith said: “The situation is patchy with farmers, particularly in the South and East, reporting as low as 10% of their expected March and April rainfall.
“While decent rains in May and June will put many crops back on track, some crops such as spring barley have clearly already lost their full potential.
The dry spring comes on the back of a dry winter in East Anglia.
The first 4 months of this year have produced only 36% of our long term average rainfall. 40% lower than the drought of 2011. #drought17
— Andrew Francis (@ElvedenFarmer) May 7, 2017
Some farmers are irrigating barley in a bid to save crops.
Two irrigators going saving our winter barley. No moisture at all, it's seriously dry on the sand! pic.twitter.com/VKpBHWyc2v
— Ed Salmon (@EdSalmon1) May 7, 2017
But other parts of the country have suffered too – including areas which usually receive more rain.
Somerset farmer James Winslade, who hit the headlines when his farm was flooded three years ago, took a TV camera crew to see parched fields.
— James Winslade (@westyeo) May 8, 2017
There is also lack of water at the site of next month’s Cereals event, which will be held at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire.
— Will Vaughan-France (@AgWillVF) May 3, 2017
Further north, it is the first time that sugar beet has been irrigated at Hall Farm, Eastoft.
— Hall Farm Eastoft (@hallfarmeastoft) May 2, 2017
Meanwhile, further west, wheat is being irrigated in Herefordshire.
If this doesn't make it rain, nothing will!
7 miles from Wales.
We've officially lost it! pic.twitter.com/MT87ewWWWl
— Ally Hunter Blair (@Wyefarm) May 8, 2017
In the drier South, spring wheat has emerged in Sussex – but could still do with a drink.
— Linda Sheppard (@lshepp66) May 8, 2017
River beds have dried up in Cumbria.
— rattycastle (@rattycastle) May 8, 2017
April was the driest month ever recorded at Little Raith Farm, Kirkcaldy, Fife
As April gives way to May along goes the driest month I've ever recorded at LRF with it, a mere 6mm of rainfall for the month. #drought17
— James Telfer (@jitelfer) April 30, 2017
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