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Rain is storing up future problems
THIS constant rain is proving disastrous to us farmers, with hundreds of acres of field beans to harvest, mainly for cattle feed.
The potato harvest is particularly problematic. The heavy two-row harvesters are drawn by two tractors, where as one usually suffices. This costs more fuel, if you can go at all.
The sodden ground makes ploughing and wheat drilling virtually impossible. We have not seen the worst yet, if winter cereals and rape (too late for the latter) cannot be drilled soon.
So what of next year’s harvest, as spring- sown crops do not yield as well? Oh, for a grain mountain or two.
‘‘Lakes’’ are appearing in fields where water has never stood before, so at least the seagulls and herons are enjoying themselves.
Slugs and snails are in abundance too, so no shortage of food. It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
There will be a shortage of spring seed, too, as barley and spring wheat are not grown in quantity, although some spring rape is grown.
Pamela Frankland, Hull Road, Dunnington, York.