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UK: Driest growing season in more than 40 years causes ‘disastrous’ potato harvest in Spalding

A Spalding farmer in the UK has told how his potato crop has grown at half the normal size and number as a result of the driest growing season in more than 40 years.

As David Bosworth reports for The Lincolnite, the East of England provides vegetables for the nation, but Andrew Branton says this year’s harvest is nothing less than a disaster. “There’s just no way that crops in the UK can cope with the climate we’ve had this year – lack of water, intense temperatures – you just can’t reverse this process.”

Whilst we’re not yet in an official drought – Yorkshire Water says supplies are slightly lower than normal and Anglian Water doesn’t envisage a hosepipe ban – rain and lower temperatures are badly needed if the bread basket of England is to produce enough food for all of us in the months ahead.

Source: The Lincolnite. Read the full story here. Watch the video below on YouTube here
Photo: Andrew Branton says weather is to dry and the damage to his crops ‘can’t be reversed’. Screenshot: BBC Look North/BBC News Hub

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