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Met Office’s “Extreme Weather Year” Brings Record Cereal Yields

January 3, 2020
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By Paul Homewood


A year of extreme weather in the UK, says our highly reliable Met Office, full of record breaking heat and rain, and notable spells of cold and windy weather!



Meanwhile, back in the real world, DEFRA have been celebrating near record cereal yields:





Does not sound like there was much wrong with the weather to me!

  1. MrGrimNasty permalink
    January 3, 2020 7:57 pm

    Noooooooo it isn’t true……..!!!!!

  2. Robert Jones permalink
    January 3, 2020 8:00 pm

    Tom appears upset?

  3. Thomas Carr permalink
    January 3, 2020 8:05 pm

    Don’t get too complacent. There are many acres of sugar beet still to be harvested in East Anglia. Something to do with the weather and saturated fields. .

    • Sheri permalink
      January 3, 2020 8:24 pm

      Sugar is evil. Surely you know that. People will celebrate. You know, like when the cows die and things like that.
      (/sarc if I seriously need it and I hope not)

      • Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
        January 4, 2020 4:40 am

        – – winking smiley face – – Poe’s Law

    • dave permalink
      January 4, 2020 1:28 pm

      “…saturated fields…”

      Sugar-beet is a crop for specialist farms with particular soils. It is lifted over five months (‘the campaign’) so that the flow to the sugar processor (there is only one in the UK – British Sugar) is reasonably steady. An interruption for a week or two means nothing, however.

      Thirty per cent of the sugar yield is created in the Autumn. One naturally expects rain in the Autumn. Therefore, one only ever uses fields which can bounce back, from a thorough wetting, before the plants die.

      “Sugar beet yields have increased 25% in the last ten years.”
      Source: British Beet Research Organization.

      However, the crop from this season (2019-2020) will not match the all-time record yield of two years ago.

      The following is interesting:

  4. Charlie Flindt permalink
    January 3, 2020 8:13 pm

    As an arable farmer, I’d back those yield figures; I’ve never seen such crops from my combine harvester cab. They also play havoc with the ‘all the soils are toxic and dying and washing away and incabable of growing crops EVAH again’ line. You can’t grow record yields in bad soils.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      January 3, 2020 8:46 pm

      But but but Tom ‘Manure’ Heap says on CountryFile we’ve only got 25 harvests left and the soil is poisoned with micro plastic from fleece tops!

  5. Sheri permalink
    January 3, 2020 8:25 pm

    Cereals love wild weather!!!! Who knew?

  6. LeedsChris permalink
    January 4, 2020 12:01 am

    One significant thing sneaks through on the Met office website. They refer to the fact that the decade 2010 to 2019 is the second warmest over the last 100 years and cooler than the decade 2000 to 2009. Surely this is a big deal, even though they don’t say so – it surely confirms that temperatures have been broadly stable now for 20 years! So where is the climate emergency? Where is the runaway tipping point? How long will the disproven hypothesis of co2 carry on?

    • January 4, 2020 10:12 am

      Until the money dries up, probably.

  7. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    January 4, 2020 4:57 am

    We are a little way from the UK; central Washington State, USA; on the left coast.
    We are in the center of the State, and moved to this property in summer of 1989. I was able to work outside on fencing and other related projects until about January 10th of 1990.
    That is 30 years ago.
    This winter appears to be a repeat, although I think the “shut-down” storm of cold and snow will be this Monday, or 5 days sooner.
    30 years! Coincidence? I don’t think so. (funny face here)

    I will mention, just to stay sort of on topic, that crops in WA State have been excellent.

  8. January 4, 2020 5:51 am

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  9. January 4, 2020 7:04 am

    I can’t talk about grain crops as it is all pasture land around here. However the grass has grown really well, there are barns full of hay, mountains of silage bales and the sheep are still out there grazing happily.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 5, 2020 2:04 pm

      Mainly grazing around here and yes, plenty of sheep out in the fields munching away. The problem the farmers have had is that the ground is too wet to have planted the winter wheat. They have to wait until spring which will cost them as they have to sow at a greater density to cover for loss of seed germination.

  10. Ian Wilson permalink
    January 4, 2020 7:29 am

    In our equestrian business, I have checked on our haylage yields to see if they match the 14% increase I have seen claimed (but can’t find the reference) for extra plant growth thanks to the recent modest rise in atmospheric CO2.

    Compared with 20 years ago, using 3-year periods to even out exceptional seasons, we have cut 14% more bales. I am sure this precise match is partly fluke but it’s a little more evidence that rising CO2 is good news.

  11. January 4, 2020 11:30 am

    As Dr. Patrick Moore said in a speech and an interview, prior to the Industrial Revolution, the earth was becoming rather CO2 depleted. Additional CO2 in the atmosphere has made the plant life boom. I have seen articles here referring to the “greening” of the planet. This is only bad news to those with monetary investments in the climate hoax or Attenborough who want more people to die. Moore was the founder of Greenpeace but has abandoned them due to the turn they have taken. Originally it was to stop nuclear war activities and not to become an eco-terrorist group. Dr. Moore has his PhD in ecology and employs not only real data, but common sense.

    • dave permalink
      January 5, 2020 8:55 am

      The accidental comma in the second line, after the word ‘Revolution,’ gives a certain ‘Je ne sais quoi’ to the whole first sentence!

      My favourite example of ‘greening’ is France, which I have been visiting for about seventy years, and which becomes more pastoral and wooded on each visit. Mind you, the cooking has deteriorated at a similar rate!.

      • January 5, 2020 12:27 pm

        I have never been to France. Although I have skied in Austria twice, we went in through Germany and out via Switzerland. I have been in Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and the former USSR.

        I must admit that I have avoided France. As an American, I have never wished for anyone to grovel to us when we assist–a simple “thank you” and enough land to bury our fallen soldiers is all we have ever asked. However, we pulled their buns out of the fire in WWI and WWII. It galled (or is that Gauled) me when DeGaulle continually sniped at the United States. My family left France in 1066 and that is good enough for me. I was at Runnymede on June 15, 2015 to celebrate my 2 barons (probably more) who stood up to King John on June 15, 1215.

        In the 1970’s I purchased the Time-Life series, Foods of the World. I have made several things from the “Cooking of Provincial France” and they are quite good. In particular, Quiche au Fromage. Trifle in “The Cooking of the British Isles” is another go-to recipe.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        January 5, 2020 2:02 pm

        Rick Stein made the same point about French cuisine in his recent series. He did find some corking places to eat on his travels though. If you fancy steak, go to the cattle market and follow the herd so to speak to what might be an unprepossessing restaurant for great beef.

  12. January 4, 2020 5:07 pm

    Speaking of records:
    Summit Camp’s preliminary low of -86.8F (-66C) set at 11:13 PM on January 02, 2020..

    • January 5, 2020 10:51 am

      That’s just raw data – wait till you see the adjustment 🙄

      • Charlie Flindt permalink
        January 6, 2020 8:56 am

        ‘All time’? 4.5billion years? Don’t you start!!

  13. dave permalink
    January 6, 2020 10:54 am

    From the film, ‘Little Rascals’:

    “All right men, let’s talk about the pride of our club, The Blur!
    The Blur has never been beaten since the beginning of time – five years!”

  14. January 9, 2020 10:32 pm

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