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Vegetable yields have fallen by as much as 50 per cent in some parts of the UK, following a year of extreme weather events. Farmers have warned of the likelihood of shortages of major crops including potatoes, onions, carrots, leeks, parsnips, cabbages and Brussels sprouts, with consumers and retailers expected to see biggest impacts in the new year. The year began with the “ Beast from the East ” which brought freezing weather to the UK in February, followed by an unusually wet spring which delayed planting. Then the record-breaking summer heatwave also took its toll on growing crops. READ MORE. British Growers Association chief executive Jack Ward said the conditions were “absolutely t... Full story

11 October