Crop farmers counting cost of rain

Guy Poskitt, the managing director at MH Poskitts
Guy Poskitt, the managing director at MH Poskitts
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THE weather continues to cause havoc for farmers across the region.

Still counting the cost of snow and storms at the beginning of April, the almost constant rainfall is now beginning to be a cause for concern among farmers, especially crop and food producers.

Guy Poskitt, managing director at carrot grower MH Poskitts and county chairman for the NFU West Riding spoke to the Gazette about the effects the weather has been having on his business.

He said: “I was the farmer on national tv rubbing my hands in dust worried about the drought, now look at it.

“the rain has been very unseasonal, land is wetter than it has been all winter, potato planting is falling behind and planted crops are suffering from excessive water which will lead to rotting and other bacterial diseases.

“Furthermore even if the weather improves it will be two weeks minimum before the land will be dry enough to travel, late planting will result in reduced yield and doubtless higher prices.

“It is a similar story with the veg crops and we are also struggling to harvest the last of this season’s carrots. Some fields are so wet we can not travel.

“The river on the farm has flooded some of the crops and we have to yet see how they survive.”

But there could be a positive outcome from all this rain, he added.

“On a positive note the cereal crops and grass are knee high there will be no shortage of straw or grass this summer – the old saying “a cold wet May plenty of corn & hay “ – who knows?”