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Storm Turnaround for Dorset's Farmers

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8:12am 21st April 2014
(Updated 9:48am 21st April 2014)

Eight weeks after bad weather battered the county, flooding fields and felling trees, Dorset's farmers are discovering the extent of the damage.

Some crops that'll be harvested in the summer should be starting to show signs of promising growth now Spring's begun.

Wessex FM spoke to Rebecca Hansford, Owner of Furleigh Estate in Salway Ash about how her vineyard was looking in the run up to Summer.  

Rebecca told us that the storms in January and February of this year (2014) had affected the business, "We had a lot of repairs to do on buildings, a lot of tiles that were coming up and ripped off and things like that, but the vines themselves were pretty unscathed. They're on a slope so the rain runs off and it's very free-draining, sandy soil here."

However Rebecca added that it was still a dangerous time for their vines with regards to the weather, "We're just entering a dangerous period where if we get a frost now, which we could do- we get frost in to May, it'll kill of those first buds, and then it puts the whole season back. But then once the season gets going, the ideal time for the best sunshine is the end of June- when we're flowering."

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