With the main grain harvest in full swing in the Westcountry, the National Farmers' Union (NFU) is calling on its members to help answer important questions about its progress.
The union's annual harvest survey is being launched this week. It will be available online from tomorrow and is always the first source of published data on production levels – published a month before official Government statistics.
Reflecting issues such as the effect of the extreme weather on cereals and oilseeds, the lower winter crop areas and increased planting of spring crops, and the effect difficult field conditions have had on the crop, the survey seeks to get as full a picture as possible of the wheat crop in England by mid-September and the year's harvest of major combinable crops to date by early October.
NFU chief arable adviser Guy Gagen said: "As with last year, the survey is online, making it easy for members to record the crucial information that goes into painting a picture of the 2013 harvest on a national scale. We need as many of our members as possible to fill the survey in, as without their input, it simply would not be possible."
The survey will be available on the union's website at www.nfuonline.com.