Terrible twelve months

He grows oilseed rape and milling wheat. The oilseed rape never established and was a write off, he explained.

The majority of his 285ha (700-acre) wheat crop will have to be sold off as feed and yields were far below average.

The rain washed all of the hagbergs out of the Malacca and Hereward, he said.

“We didn‘t have a single drop of rainfall for five months this time last year which meant we lost some of the plant population. We had a job to make 3t/acre (7.41 t/ha).

“The crops were as a good as they possibly could have been – the disaster started this time last year. If you moved the ground that was it, it would dry out instantly.”

“We‘ve had a terrible 12 months.”

Mr Dunmore will start to drill oilseed rape tomorrow and after his experiences last year he will be direct drilling 90% of the crop this year.