(source: NFU online)
Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis and future events
Storm Ciara hit Britain 8-9 February leading to extreme localised flooding of agricultural land especially in the north of England, and widespread damage to structures from gale-force winds.
Following a relatively dry January which allowed farmers to make some headway with much-awaited land work, the ground returned to a saturated state after some parts of the country received three-quarters of average February rainfall in 24 hours.
Storm Dennis led to extensive flooding over the weekend 15-16 February. Click here to read more about the impacts of Storm Dennis around the country.
The Environment Agency has advised continued vigilance as more flooding is expected due to delayed catchment response times and further wet and windy conditions.
This period of wet weather has arrived soon after the end of NVZ closed periods for many and may hamper efforts to empty slurry stores. The NFU is reminding members of the environmental risks of spreading in such conditions and you are urged to contact your local Environment Agency officer to find a solution. Click here for NFU guidance on Environment Agency advice on slurry spreading in wet conditions.
Read more on the NFU website.