This year's English pea crop could be "disastrous" if the recent heavy rain continues, the Food and Drink Federation has warned.

About 85% of the UK's peas are grown in England, and although early forecasts are for a yield of 70% of the expected crop, this number was falling each day rain continued, the FDF's frozen vegetable committee said.

There was already a worldwide shortage of suitable high-quality peas to service total market needs, it added.

Other crops are also being seriously affected, particularly the broad and green bean crops. In certain parts of the country only 25% had been drilled.