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Threat to UK growing pattern

Threat to UK growing pattern 19 December 2018

Climate change poses threat to UK growing patterns, survey shows (via Farming UK)

The challenge of climate change could post a threat to traditional UK growing patterns, according to an annual harvest yield survey.

The publication of Strutt & Parker’s annual Harvest Yields Survey offers a fresh end–of–year perspective on the 2018 season.

However, at a time when farmers are looking ahead to 2019, the analysis highlights the difficulties many faced this summer.

The survey shows that yields were lower than in 2017 for everything apart from second wheats and winter barley.

The data is based on the performance of combinable crops across nearly 50,000 hectares in the East of England, Midlands and South East England.

According to the results, the overall winter wheat yield for 2018 was 8.5t/ha, which was 7% lower than in 2017 and 9% lower than the five–year average, although higher than the Defra national average of 7.8t/ha.

First wheats averaged 8.7t/ha (down from 9.5t/ha in 2017), while second wheats averaged 8.0t/ha – 3% higher than last year, when second wheats struggled because of a dry start to the spring which limited the uptake of nitrogen.

Read more via Farming UK…