UK Floods Continue to Ravage Crops and Land – No Action in Sight

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Zoe Wood@zoewoodguardian

[Zoe Wood, the Retail corespondent, writes about retail and consumer goods companies for The Observer and The Guardian.]

Fri 15 Nov 2019 13.35 EST

“The price of crisps (edNA: potato chips) and chips (edNA: French fries) are expected to rise in the new year as the flooding in northern England hits the supply of winter vegetables such as potatoes, cauliflowers and cabbages.

“Last year’s potato crop was the smallest for six years, with growers harvesting 1.1m fewer tonnes than the year before. The full extent of price increases as a result of the floods will not be known until the end of the month…”

“Official data released on Friday (15NOV19) revealed a great deal of uncertainty around the fate of 10% of the country’s potato crop as farmers count the cost of the deluge that has overwhelmed parts of South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Midlands.

There are increasing reports of crops being abandoned…” said analysts at the Agricultural and Horticultural Board in their weekly update. With some potatoes rotting in standing water, the report adds: There remains a great deal of uncertainty over the fate of the crop area yet to be lifted. An estimated 2-3% of the area is expected to have to be completely written off.”

Lincolnshire is also behind 60% of the domestic brassica (mustard family) crop, which runs to cauliflowers and cabbages at this time of year. A representative of the British Growers Association said sodden ground was making it difficult to get the produce out of the fields, with cauliflowers hardest hit – repeating a situation seen over the summer.

“The rain started on the 23 September in Lincolnshire and in the last six weeks we have had more than six months of rainfall,” he said.

“Andrew Ward said his 600-hectare farm near Lincoln – which grows wheat, barley and sugar beet – was waterlogged while his godson’s 120ha farm was under two metres of water.

“Soil is like a sponge – it soaks up water until it’s full.  We have reached that stage where the water is just sitting on top.”

Ward added: “I haven’t got any winter wheat in the ground, when normally it would all be planted. I think across the country 30% to 40% of winter wheat is planted when it should nearly all be planted by now. We might have to import oil-seed rape and milling wheat next year as a result.”

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Screen Shot 2019-11-16 at 6.53.36 AMYears 2011-2100:  Crop Suitability Change for the UK and Ireland, and neighboring Benelux Coastal Areas, as generated by MapX utilizing the UNBiodiversity NR6 database.  The key for MapX is below.  

All Green and Blue areas designate Positive Growth of land for crops or suitable for crops.  As an example – lands within The Republic of Ireland  – and near Belfast in the north, show increases in crops suitability based on present models (business-as-usual type) and protections.  All Brown, shaded areas represent a Negative Growth; a Decrease in Real Crop Suitability, upto a -84% decreases from 2011.

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