The real impact of Storm Henk on UK farmers

If you’re in the UK, chances are you’ve been dodging raindrops for the past few weeks. While we’ve been cozy indoors, unfortunately, our crops haven’t had the same luxury…

From videos of tractors stuck in fields to vegetables doing their best impression of Olympic swimmers, our producers have been showing us the real impact that Storm Henk has had on their fields.

The already saturated grounds faced a particularly soggy winter, causing some producers to have to plant crops later than usual. This, in itself, would have caused a delay in harvesting. Now, with the added wallop from Storm Henk, farmers are struggling to lift crops from the heavy and wet soil. Carrots, parsnips, leeks, cauliflower, and cabbage have taken the hardest hit. While the market is currently filling the gap with imports of cauliflower and cabbage this month, we expect a heavier reliance on imports from the EU and North Africa for the next 12-15 weeks as our farmers ride this wave, and hope for better-growing conditions from here on out.

We suggest reaching out to your UFC-nominated supply partner to get the lowdown on how the storm has impacted their local producers. Different areas of the country have felt the brunt of the storm in various ways.


Supply partner contacts can be found on our page here!

For any questions regarding the above, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today:
Tel: 01789 339 106

Additionally, we highly recommend checking out this article by Fresh Produce Journal, which dives deeper into the issues outlined above English veg volumes hit by flooding | News | Fruitnet

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