Torrential rain threatens UK harvest

Torrential rain has swept across much of the southern half of the UK today, with flash flooding being reported in some areas.

FWi’s Harvest Highlights service reports that there have been few combines rolling with the exception of some areas of East Anglia.

With further rain forecast for much of the weekend, few areas are expected to avoid the storms.

Reports indicate around 24mm (one inch) of rain has fallen in just one hour, with some parts of the UK expected to receive almost three inches in 24 hours.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for much of the southern half of the UK and Wales today, with warnings for northern Wales and the Midlands tomorrow.

Some growers in East Anglia had managed to cut some crops before the rain hit this morning. John Taylor from Clopton had finished 80ha (200 acres) of Sequel winter barley after starting cutting at 7.30am, while fellow Suffolk grower Sam Fairs from Heveningham had also been combining oilseed rape before the rain started.

If you want to keep up to date with the impact of the rain on harvest, you can join in our harvest chat forum and share your experiences with fellow farmers. It’s a good way to receive up-to-the-minute updates as the UK’s farmers cope with the unseasonally high rainfall.

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