We stayed on a Yorkshire cropping farm in June.
They finished planting potatoes when we were there, 10 weeks after they started. Last year the crop had been planted in 17 days.
Frost and ice have added to an already tense situation for potato growers in Britain as many battled against the elements to finish lifting.
Indications from the Potato Council said crop production was at its lowest since 1976, with yields down 25% from last year.
But farmers said a 50% loss was more likely.
And farmers across all sectors have struggled with the cold weather, especially in Scotland where up to 15cm of snow fell in some areas as temperatures sank as low as -7degC. . . .
A cold wet spring and early summer here have affected stone fruit and berries.
Cherries are expected to be in short supply for Christmas and berries could be too.
We’ve been getting strawberries from the North Island and I had my first raspberries of the season from Butlers near Waimate but North Otago berries still aren’t ripe.
But the temperature got to the mid 20s yesterday and the forecast is for warmer weather which is what’s needed if there are to be local berries for Christmas dinner.