Wiltshire farmer ‘heartbroken’ as weather hits wheat crop

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Tom Collins standing in front of a field

Mr Collins stated he’s “coronary heart damaged” to lose a lot of his harvest to the moist climate

A farmer says it’s “coronary heart breaking” to see his crops battered by unseasonal climate.

The moist climate in July has made it tougher to reap wheat, barley and hay.

Tom Collins, who farms close to Chippenham in Wiltshire, stated the heavy rain meant the mix harvester couldn’t decide up as a lot wheat.

Mr Collins stated: “I have been rising these things all 12 months and to lose it now could be heartbreaking.”

A combine harvester in a field

Because of the wet climate, mix harvesters can’t decide up as a lot wheat

Mr Collins provides McVities and Ryvita with wheat for biscuits, and his barley is used for cattle feed.

He stated he has seen the climate being very unpredictable in the previous couple of years because of local weather change.

“It’s truly lots worse than I assumed,” he stated. “And with out promoting it [his crops], we can’t reclaim the prices.”

Flattened muddy wheat in a field

Mr Collins stated he has seen the climate being extra unpredictable because of local weather change

On prime of the tough harvest, drying the wheat earlier than promoting it prices Mr Collins an additional £300 per day.A spokesperson for the Nationwide Farmers Union (NFU) stated: “Farmers are used to coping with challenges throughout harvest, together with the climate, and they’re working onerous to make sure enterprise as standard – which suggests taking each alternative to get out with the mix throughout breaks within the rain.

“Extra excessive climate occasions imply that it is now getting tougher to provide meals for the nation annually.

“Our farmers have to know that authorities is supporting them via insurance policies that construct profitability and resilience into farm companies to permit us to unlock a thriving meals and farming trade.”

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