U.K. Farmers Seen Abandoning Fifth of Winter Rapeseed on Rains

U.K. farmers probably abandoned 22 percent of their winter rapeseed this year after excess rains swamped fields and ruined crops, agricultural market researcher Kleffmann Group said.

About 545,000 hectares (1.35 million acres) of winter rapeseed will be left to harvest this year, after farmers originally planted 701,000 hectares, the Ludinghausen, Germany-based company said, citing a farmer survey it conducted with Independent Business Resource Ltd., a consultant in Uffcott, England.

Some fields were replanted with barley and other crops, including spring varieties of rapeseed, linseed, pulses and potatoes, while a “significant number of farmers were leaving the land fallow,” according to the online report dated yesterday.

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