More agricultural research spending needed

More agricultural research is needed.
More agricultural research is needed.
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The NFU has called on the government to deliver on its promise to improve long-neglected agricultural research and knowledge exchange to help weather-proof British crops.

The farming organisation has made the call following results of the wheat harvest.

Farmers who battled against the elements to ensure the English wheat crop survived bad weather conditions in 2012 have seen high quality from their harvest, but gathered a smaller crop, despite good harvesting conditions.

The NFU says more spending on R&D is crucial to increase production with less environmental impact.