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Farming Today This Week

Farmers are leaving their fields empty rather than risk growing crops because of the drought. Presented by Charlotte Smith.

Farmers are leaving their fields empty rather than risk growing crops, as the drought means that they will not have enough water to irrigate. Anna Hill meets Suffolk farmers James Thorp who is deciding to leave 25% of his crops fallow.

Charlotte Smith visits David Shepherd, a Worcestershire farmer who is changing his business to try and mitigate against drought problems. Chris Atkinson from East Malling Research in Kent explains how intensive pear growing can be married with sustainable water use.

And Dr Adrian Charlton from the Food and Environment Research Agency is racing to develop new drought and disease resistant peas for farmers in the future.

Presented by Charlotte Smith. Produced by Emma Weatherill.

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Sat 24 Mar 2012 06:30

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