After a record-breaking Easter with temperatures hitting an unseasonal 25C in some parts of the UK, there are growing concerns over the continued lack of significant rain and low river flows. According to a recent survey by the NFU, some farmers are putting in place measures to minimise the impact of another potential dry summer.
Cumulative rainfall totals during April ranged from around 18% of the monthly long-term average in East Anglia to 68% in south-west England. River flows ranged from “below normal” to “exceptionally low” across many parts of eastern England.
Whilst some rain is expected this week, the three-month outlook by the Met Office suggests that higher pressure is more likely than lower pressure, and higher temperatures are more likely than lower temperatures.
Some farmers are still recovering from last year’s exceptionally dry summer and a recent survey by the NFU highlighted that a third of farmers who irrigate crops are concerned they will not have enough water for the 2019 season. The survey revealed that some farmers are contingency planning to meet the short-term risks of water scarcity.
The survey suggests a range of measures are being put in place from changing crop types to trading water or land with water rights. For example, half of the respondents were investing in new irrigation equipment to increase efficiency and one in five were investing in new or additional reservoir storage capacity.
How to minimise the impact of a water shortage?
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