UK cauliflower shortage after ‘unprecedented’ rain

“For some, a year’s work was destroyed in one week of rains,” said British Growers chief executive Jack Ward.

Crops in Lincolnshire became waterlogged after being deluged with up to six inches (152mm) of rain in one week in June.

The ensuing shortage of cauliflowers, cabbages and broccoli could extend to Brussels sprouts at Christmas.

The cauliflower shortage was likely to continue until early September, said Ward.

“The rain also affected a lot of young plants so there are likely to be problems into winter across the board with brassicas,” said Ward. (Brassica is a genus of plants in the mustard family. The members of the genus are informally known as cruciferous vegetables.)

The supply situation has been made more difficult by extreme temperatures in Europe, which would normally make up any shortfall in the the UK. (Not sure what they mean by “extreme temperatures in Europe.” Do they mean extreme cold? Extreme warmth? Or both?)

Mr Ward said the amount of rain in Lincolnshire in June was “unprecedented,” but said producers were seeing an increase in exceptional weather conditions which did not make for ideal growing conditions.

Last year they experienced the Beast from the East storm followed by a record dry spell and extreme temperatures. (Beginning on 22 Feb 2018, the UK was affected by a cold wave, dubbed the Beast from the East, which brought widespread unusually low temperatures and heavy snowfall to large areas.)

This year started with a dry winter and an early spring but then moved into a period of record rainfall and low light levels followed by record breaking temperatures.

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-08-14/cauliflower-shortage-as-unprecedented-rain-takes-toll-on-brassicas/

Thanks to Laurel for this link


17 thoughts on “UK cauliflower shortage after ‘unprecedented’ rain”

  1. (Not sure what they mean by “extreme temperatures in Europe.” Do they mean extreme cold? Extreme warmth? Or both?)

    They know exactly what they mean and are doing what they can to obfuscate the truth.

    Of course there were extremes of both hot and cold as there was in the Maunder minimum with devastating effects on agriculture not to mention the extreme rainfall events.

    The starvation is upon us.
    Many in Britain (over 1000,0000)
    already depend on charity of some sort to feed them.

    Another few million struggle to make ends meet and food price rises will push them over the edge.

    There’s enough fluoride in the water to keep them docile for now but there comes a time !

  2. Aljazeera TV just now: “A new cold blast will bring more snow to SE Australia” . Difficult to keep up with climate/weather terminology. Presumably “cold blast” is the cold equivalent of a “heat snap”

    It is also reported that Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland (presumably for the USA).

    • US needs Greenland to use as a refrigerator in case of an EMP. :-)))

      For heat they use weave, heat weeeaaave… you can feel how it is upon you. BIG, HEAVY and deadly.
      For cold is just a snap, something very short and just a little noise, like snapping your finger, like not even worth mentioning.

  3. FFS – why don’t any of these reporters ever talk to farmers properly about what happens in fields.

    I come from a long line of farmers – the weather is ALWAYS to hot (“drying out, never grow anything this year”) or too dry (“burning up, going to be no feed value in that”) or too wet (“never get onto the ground with the tractors, much too wet”). I’m 52 – this has been every summer of my life.

  4. The rainfall was certainly NOT ‘unprecedented’. ‘Extreme temperatures’ – more BS as it was just hotter than it often is. Extreme for the UK would be temps above 100F or 40C. Fluctuations in our weather are due to the changed pattern of the jetstream which they can’t prove is due to global warming. HH Lamb showed the change of pattern in his work and it is linked to solar minimum – the reason I read is a shrinking troposphere.

  5. Low-lying fields seem to be the real problem here.

    Well, actually, the real problem is that the MSM (not to mention all Western govts) have been hijacked by Satan!

    Otherwise, people could be encouraged to plant Victory gardens as in WWII, and to try new foodstuffs that handle erratic weather better.

    Such as cattails, which Euell Gibbons dubbed “the supermarket of the swamps”. Dredge out some of those fields into shallow ponds and use the soil to raise other fields. Plant cattails in the ponds.

    Of course, once we start getting 100 lb. hailstones (which are predicted in the Bible, by the way) it will be difficult to grow anything. But there probably won’t be very many people left to eat it, anyway.

    Have a nice day!

  6. On August 17th my employer got 2″ of hail at his place in Hawkstone, Ontario . Craziest thing he has seen weather wise in along time.

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