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The heatwave has caused an almost unheard of June harvest at a British farm.<br />
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Bisterne Estate in Ringwood, Hants, produces seed barley, milling wheat and biscuit rye.<br />
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Farm manager Martin Button says this is the earliest harvest there since 1976.<br />
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They began harvesting their 750 acres of arable land on June 28, two weeks earlier than normal.<br />
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However, they are expecting a significantly reduced yield as the barley grain is much smaller than in a typical year, which was been attributed to the dry summer.<br />
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He said: "We've never started in June in the 30 years I've been here.<br />
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"The earliest I can remember is July 2, and we would normally start the harvest between the 12th and 14th of July.