Drought hits English wheat
Severe drought pressure on English wheat crops this year could result in some of the lowest wheat yields there since the 1980s, according to the British National Farmers' Union.
Grower surveys indicate that the average English wheat yield this year will fall 14pc on last year, to around 6.5t/ha.
As a result, English wheat production could be down two million tonnes to below 15m tonnes, or 15pc below the five-year average.
The east of England is experiencing its lowest rainfall for more than 100 years this year, which is severely affecting crop growth.
Fresh deal for O'Dwyer Steel
O'Dwyer Steel in Co Tipperary has secured financial backing from a new investment partner who wishes to remain anonymous.
The new partnership is called Dundrum Steel but will trade as O'Dwyer Steel and continue to manufacture and operate from the O'Dwyer base in Dundrum, Co Tipperary.
The company will focus mainly on its agricultural client base, as well as sporting and equestrian customers but is also looking at expansion into exporting steel for residential developments abroad.