The NFU has launched its 2018 harvest survey in order to assess the impact of another year of volatility on arable members’ crops.
The growing season faced by farmers in 2018 has to be one of the most extreme in living memory – nudging close to that of 1976. The late, cold winter followed by the prolonged dry spell has put a huge amount of stress onto crops.
As in previous years, the survey is available to complete online. If you participated last year, you'll receive an email directly from the NFU with a link to the 2018 survey.
Why is it important?
NFU chief combinable crops adviser Jack Watts said:
“Having timely insight into the size of the crop is increasingly important and the NFU Harvest Survey traditionally provides the first insight, well ahead of the official estimates. Without input from our members, we would be unable to underpin our key policy asks with evidence.”
When do I need to take part?
The deadline for returning final results for England and Wales is Sunday 23 September but contributions from those with earlier harvested crops are welcome as soon as available, as we may use this to publish interim results. When all data is available it will be revised and incorporated with Scotland’s crop survey for a UK harvest estimate.
What could I win?
Respondents to this year’s survey will have a chance of winning a £100 Marks & Spencer gift card. All completed entries received by midnight on Sunday 23 September will be entered into the draw with the winner picked at random.
If you have any queries about the harvest survey, please contact Rajinder Pooni in the NFU's economics team on 024 7685 8514. If you would like to discuss any combinable crop issue, you can contact Jack Watts on 024 7685 8634.