Excellent weather conditions have led to one of the highest quality onion crops for years, according to growers.

The good conditions at harvesting meant that growers could harvest their crops at optimum dates, according to the British Onion Producers Association.

However, while quality is good, size is down with only 50 to 60% of the crop reaching 60-75mm, with very little over 75mm.

The association also reported there had been a dramatic difference in yields from grower to grower.

Total estimates of marketable tonnage stand at 356,000 tonnes for brown onions, down from 407,000 last year, and 41,000 for red, up from 35,000.