Farmers within the United Kingdom experiencing fires and highly regarded and windy situations throughout grain harvest have regarded to their counterparts in Australia for fireplace mitigation and prevention programs.  

Standing wheat and barley crops anticipated to yield greater than 8 tonnes per hectare have been burnt in elements of the UK because the temperature soared above 40 levels Celsius earlier this week for the primary time on report. 

Whereas excessive temperatures and excessive fireplace threat will not be uncommon for Australian growers, it’s unprecedented for farmers like Tom Martin, who farms north of London in Cambridgeshire. 

“Combining that warmth with [30kph] winds, it has been a very harmful and worrying time for lots of farmers.” 

A man looks at the camera while sitting in the cab of a harvester
Tom Martin stopped harvesting throughout the UK heatwave.(Equipped: Tom Martin)

Mr Martin stated many farmers had voluntarily stopped harvesting and shifting equipment by way of paddocks after they felt the chance of fireplace was excessive.

However he stated there have been no programs within the UK that in comparison with Australia’s harvest ban system, the place farmers should cease harvesting if situations had been decided to be too harmful. 

“In regular years we’re always vigilant for fires, I drive our header, I am always on the lookout for fireplace on the machine and on the horizon, however these are extraordinary circumstances for us,” he stated. 


Mr Martin stated considered one of his employees had skilled a West Australian harvest first-hand and, on their property, that they had been following Australian fashions to mitigate fireplace threat corresponding to having water on stand-by in paddocks the place equipment was working and having cultivators hooked as much as tractors prepared to chop breaks if a fireplace began. 

However he stated many farmers weren’t ready for the hearth threat, when “usually temperatures within the excessive 20s is a scorching day”.


“We’re a inhabitants of about 70 million on a really small island. We aren’t used to the warmth.

“There have been folks utilizing disposable barbecues yesterday beginning fires. There have been folks throwing cigarette butts out of their automotive home windows and beginning fires.”

Mr Martin stated he known as his native fireplace brigade, the Cambridgeshire Fireplace and Rescue Service, earlier this week when a employees member noticed smoke on a neighbouring farm. Two items arrived in 10 minutes, and it was considered one of 46 fires the brigade attended in at some point. 


Mr Martin stated many of the crops burning had been unharvested grain. 

“We’ve winter wheat forward of us, that’s our huge harvest so numerous the fields are standing winter wheat,” he stated.

“Our common yields listed below are 8 or 9 tonnes to the hectare, in order that’s an enormous loss whenever you get a fireplace that goes by way of that.

“To be trustworthy although, we’re so populated we’re extra eager about the lack of life and lack of property.

“So, sure, when there’s a fireplace we lose yield, however we’re by no means greater than a mile [1.6km] or so away from somebody’s home.”