Weather hits crops

Duncan Farrington has been struggling with his wheat crop at Bottom Farm in Hargrave due to the amount of rain we have had.

Duncan Farrington has been struggling with his wheat crop at Bottom Farm in Hargrave due to the amount of rain we have had.

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An award-winning rapeseed oil producer in Northamptonshire may be hit by a second ‘failed’ crop as a result of the extremely cold and wet spring weather.

Duncan Farrington, who runs Farrington Oils from his farm in Hargrave, near Wellingborough, said he was struggling to deal with an “18-month winter” of damp, cold weather.

Mr Farrington said: “If it does not warm up then our second crop 
may fail and that would be a disaster.”

Farmers in Northamptonshire are struggling to cope with the “worst spring weather in a generation” which has ruined crops and killed livestock.

The county has experienced its coldest March since 1963 and many fields have been covered by snow at a time when dry, sunny conditions are needed to help crops grow.

Spokesman for the East Midlands branch of the National Farmers Union Alison Pratt said the conditions for farming in the past few months had been the “worst in living memory” for many farmers in the county.

Mrs Pratt said there had been reports of newly-born lambs suffocating in the snow and many crops were being ruined.