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UK NewsCauliflower prices soar as extreme weather leads to UK shortage

18:30  14 august  2019
18:30  14 august  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

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Cauliflower prices have soared and some farmers have suffered financial losses after the destruction of their crops. "Crops can withstand a reasonable amount of variation in weather but the conditions in June were too much and as a result crops have suffered, and this is leading to a shortage of supply

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Britain’s cauliflower growers have said a year’s worth of work has been wiped out after “volatile weather” killed off most of their crops.

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There is now a shortage of the vegetable with none available to order on the websites of some leading supermarkets.

The majority of Britain’s cauliflowers are grown in Lincolnshire.

READ MORE: Festivals rush and bad weather push Scots rail workers to 'breaking point'They are planted in the autumn in preparation for production the following summer.

But heavy rainfall in Lincolnshire during June, as much as six inches in a week, flooded and damaged the crops, according to the British Growers Association (BGA).

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Yet Another Reason To Hate The Rain – It's Ruining The Cauliflower Crop The impact of recent wet weather is to be felt in the coming months as a shortage of cauliflowers, cabbages and broccoli hits the UK. Back in June – before we had that ridiculous heatwave – crops were deluged with as much as 152mm of rain in one week and farmers have described the current state of a number of crops as “very concerning” . Cauliflowers appear to have been affected the worst, with Tesco and Sainsbury’s online sites only offering organic ones at the moment.

Cauliflower prices have soared and some farmers have suffered financial losses after the destruction of their crops. "Crops can withstand a reasonable amount of variation in weather but the conditions in June were too much and as a result crops have suffered, and this is leading to a shortage of supply

Cauliflowers , sprouts and cabbages will be short supply in the immediate future due to flooding in the UK and “Crops can withstand a reasonable amount of variation in weather but the conditions in June were too much and as a result crops have suffered, and this is leading to a shortage of supply.”

White and red cabbage production has also been affected.

There were real concerns among growers, the BGA’s chief executive Jack Ward said.

“Effectively a year’s work has been wiped out," he said.

"The problem we face is we don’t know what weather conditions we’re going to get at any one time. Last year it was extreme heat and dry [weather] and this year it is extreme wet.

“It’s getting increasingly difficult to know how to respond given the volatility of weather conditions.”

Mr Ward also warned there might be supply issues for other vegetables in the brassica family, such as brussels sprouts.

“The other problem is crops that go into the ground for production later in the year," he said.

"Young plants that were damaged [by the rainfall] could mean there are problems later in the year.”

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What festive favourite may be missing from the table this Christmas? UK households could be facing a Christmas without Brussels sprouts as a shortage of cauliflowers, cabbages and broccoli threatens to extend to the Yuletide favourite. © Getty Christmas meals may be missing a traditional favourite A week of "unprecedented" heavy rain in Lincolnshire in June damaged crops in the brassica family, creating shortages of cauliflowers, cabbages and broccoli. Tesco and Sainsbury's online sites are only offering organic cauliflowers and standard single and large cauliflowers are "currently unavailable" at the Tesco site.

Supermarkets forced to cut cauliflower price despite recent growth in sales as UK farmers bring bumper harvest to market. The weather has a big impact on the growth of cauliflower , which must be harvested within a short time frame Organic food sales soar as shoppers put quality before price .

Downpours in the UK and heatwaves in Europe have destroyed cauliflower crops, pushing wholesale prices up by 400%. There has been a rise in fruit prices and while there is usually a seasonal drop, there have been continued issues with recruiting fruit pickers in the UK which have led to lower yields

Usually a shortfall in British-grown cauliflowers can be rectified with supplies from the continent. But heatwaves have affected growing conditions in Europe, sending prices soaring.

This year’s cauliflower shortage in the UK is the second in a row, with the Beast from the Eastand extremely hot weather conditions affecting crops in 2018.

READ MORE: Glorious Twelfth: everything you need to know about Scotland’s grouse shooting seasonCauliflowers need a balance of warm weather, light and water, said the BGA.

“There is only so much technology that can be applied to producing food and the weather will always have the upper hand,” said the group.

“No amount of planning or programming can account for the conditions we have seen over the past couple of seasons. Growers start the season with a clear plan to provide customers with quantity and quality of produce they are looking for. But when the weather turns against you and that plan goes off track, there is virtually nothing that can be done to rectify the situation.”

Now August washout is threatening to ruin Christmas amid fears downpours will cause shortage of sprouts

Now August washout is threatening to ruin Christmas amid fears downpours will cause shortage of sprouts British Growers described the situation as 'very concerning' after crops in the Lincolnshire region were deluged with as much as six inches (152mm) of rain in a week in June. Tesco and Sainsbury's online sites are only offering organic cauliflowers, with the former advising customers that standard single and large cauliflowers are 'currently unavailable'.

Britain is facing a cauliflower shortage after this year’s crop was ruined by the extreme summer weather . Heavy rains in June followed by last month’s heatwave affected yields in the UK and Europe so badly that supermarkets are running out of the now trendy vegetable, while prices have soared up

Extreme weather ? it’s because. The Independent : It it not possible to grow cauliflower in side as well as other vegetables in the right indoor in the right man made climate.

The British Retail Consortium said the cauliflower shortage was “yet another example of how retailers are having to manage the effects of climate change which has created a greater variability in the weather and resulted a slightly poorer harvest in the UK”.

Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability, said: “Retailers are working diligently to ensure they can continue to source these products and we are confident that any disruption will be temporary."

Whole cauliflowers are currently unavailable to purchase online at Tesco but consumers can get their hands on bags of florets.

The Sainsbury’s website is not displaying any whole cauliflowers but also has bags of florets available.

Suppliers have reported issues due to the cauliflower shortage.

Steve Short, the managing director of Accent Fresh, a Norfolk-based fresh produce supplier, said: “We have had to import them from Holland during the shortages. The growers have lost a lot of crop, so the market is very short and the price has gone up.

“We’ve been paying between £1.50 and £2.00 per head of cauliflower, it would normally be about 50 or 60 pence each.”

Meanwhile Lincolnshire Field Products, which grows cauliflowers, estimated £1 million in lost revenues after heavy rainfall damaged its crops.

August bank holiday 2019 weather: Record-breaking temperatures could soar to 33C in the south east.
With warm weather on the cards for the long weekend, many people are expected to head for the coast or the countryside and motoring organisations have warned drivers to be prepared. August Bank Holiday Monday RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “With summer returning in time for the weekend for many of us, it’s going to mean millions of us take to the road for day trips and short breaks. By Bank Holiday Monday itself temperatures will rise further with around 33 Celsius possible in the southeast – which would set a new record for the coming Bank Holiday weekend.

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