High gas prices, poor growth and low demand have meant a tough start to the season for glasshouse salad growers.
"Gas prices have gone through the roof and glasshouse growers are tearing their hair out," according to glasshouse crops consultant and Cucucmber Growers Association technical director Derek Hargreaves.
"Tomatoes haven't got going yet. Everything's about two weeks behind. Cucumbers are probably worse - growers have only grown 50 per cent of what they had this time last year."
He explained: "At this time of year, you are likely to have restrictions on how much gas you can use, but then you don't expect to have to use so much. As a result, gorwers aren't achieving the temperatures they need."
For more on this story see next Friday's edition of Horticulture Week.