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.
The slimmed-down company retains many of its original personnel, according to agricultural sales manager John Hanly.
Closing date for leasing
The closing date for the first stage of the Temporary Leasing 2011/12 is this Friday, June 24.
Farmers offering quota to the scheme or applying for quota need to submit application forms early this week.
Application forms are available from co-ops .
Co-ops report a sharp decline in the volume of quota being made available for temporary leasing this year as the number of farmers exiting the sector is well back.