The NFU is calling on its members to help answer important questions about the 2012 harvest by taking part in a new online survey.
The annual survey of combinable crops is the first source of published data on production levels in the UK and is published up to a month before Defraâ€™s official statistics. Anecdotal evidence points to highly variable results so far this year.
Covering issues such as the effect the wet summer on cereals and oilseeds, the success of the higher winter crop areas and lower planting of spring crops, and the effect the difficult field conditions has had on the crop, the survey looks to get as full a picture as possible of the wheat crop in England by mid-September and the yearâ€™s harvest to date by early October.
NFU chief combinable crops adviser Guy Gagen said: â€œWithout the information provided by members in previous seasons it would have simply been impossible to generate an accurate estimate as we are relying on this input in order to maintain our accurate track record with harvest results.
â€œNow that the survey is available online it will be even easier for our members to record crucial information about their harvest, and put together that all important national picture to keep farmers on the front foot in price negotiations.
â€œWe need as many of our members as possible to fill the survey in, as without their input, this simply wouldnâ€™t be possible.â€
To view the survey, click here.