Brassicas have been a disaster this year, she said. "The ones we have planted have just sat there and not got any bigger."
She added: "The drought at the start of the season affected us as well the subsequent rain and lack of light. The worry is that even if the weather does improve, they will now all ripen at once."
Going over to cereal is an option and, in fact, is already happening. "Once people come out of this industry, they won't go back. That will have a striking effect on local communities," said Dawson.