Europe, UK, Ireland, Weather/Climate

Persistent wet weather taking its toll on UK farmers

Farmers and landowners across the UK are being told to expect further flooding of land, with Storm Henk set to bring more heavy rain, as Philip Case reports for Farmers Weekly.

Persistent wet weather over the Christmas period has caused further damage to crops and farmland, following devastation caused by Storms Babet and Ciaran in the autumn.

The Environment Agency has issued 129 flood warnings (flooding is expected) and 294 flood alerts (flooding is possible) for England, Natural Resources Wales has issued 10 flood warning and 37 flood alerts for Wales and there are two flood alerts and one flood warning in place in Scotland.

NFU Scotland vice-president Andrew Connon said continuous, extreme wet weather was having a tremendous impact on Scottish farms and crofts. “We had a huge storm last Wednesday (Storm Gerrit) following on from the devastating autumn storms. The ground is saturated and farmers cannot get on to the ground to get muck spreading or ploughing done.”

Source: Farmers Weekly. Read the full story here
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