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British Growers 2015 Pea Season Update 3

Pea season update by Tim Mudge, Commercial Manager at British Growers Association.

Weather having an impact at both ends of the scale.  Warm dry weather has caused problems in England, compounded by issues at some processing sites, meaning crops have been bypassed. Groups are between 30% and 60% through their crops.  In Scotland cold wet weather has delayed things. Around Dundee only 8% through and stopped by cold wet weather. On the borders about 22% through but they had an inch of rain at the weekend.

Overall quality seems to be OK but some mixed maturity is causing concern.  Reports on the quality and potential yield of later crops vary across the piece.  There are concerns about the amount of area passed and the whether yields will hold up to make up the difference on contracts. Once again the weather in the next 10 - 14 days will be crucial.