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UK Crop Losses Not As Bad As Predicted

04 July 2011

UK - The UK is set to lose much fewer crops than initially projected after a month of heavy rainfall repaired some of the damage caused by the driest spring on record.

The EU's third biggest producer of wheat is set to lose around 14 per cent of crops, which is a staggering fall in the initial 50 per cent projected before heavy rain covered much of the country last month.

There has been around 2.5 inches of rainfall in the past month - double the rainfall during May.

Temperatures in the UK cooled in the past month, lengthening the period when the grain is formed, resulting in larger kernels and higher quality crops, the HGCA said.

Less sunshine was available, a detriment to growing crops, and some areas in eastern, southwest and central England are still deficient in soil moisture.

"A return to drier weather could have further impacts," the HGCA said. "There is still considerable uncertainty about yield prospects for 2011 with results likely to be highly variable depending on soil type, local rainfall and crop management."

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