• A LOT has happened since my last report from Ukraine - with harvest and drilling all but finished, even in the later west and only sugar beet and carrot lifting are still to finish.

  • STALE SEEDBEDS will be a crucial weapon in the fight against black-grass this season, but they must be well managed to maximise effectiveness, says leading agronomy firm, Hutchinsons.

  • SOWING hybrid winter feed barley this autumn could offer benefits for both arable and mixed farms alike given its high yield potential, says Aberdeenshire-based area manager for Syngenta, Phil Smith.

  • Speaking at a recent meeting with the Scottish seed trade at Murrayshall Hotel, Perth, Lee Robinson, sales and marketing director for Limagrain underlined the importance of supplying non-glycosidic nitrile (GN) varieties to the market that could meet the needs of both distilling and brewing.

  • WITH SOME disappointing grain prices forecast, farm-saved seed will be a cost-cutting exercise on many farms this coming autumn, but be warned, be careful on how they go about it.

  • AN Aberdeenshire sprayer operator is the best in Scotland, according to the judges of a national competition.

  • Retirement, in a formal sense, sometimes doesn’t cross the mind of many farmers and this seems to very much be the case for Ian Craig, of Waterstone Farm, Johnstone.
    Born at the farm and having lived there all his life, he took over the running of the business in his teens and, now in his 69th year, he has rarely looked back.

  • For many producers, silage making has been a tricky task over the last few years, with many struggling to get decent yields let alone a decent quality of silage due some of the wettest summer months on record.

  • Sam Chesney runs a 150 Limousin suckler cow herd, bred to Limousin and Belgian Blue bulls, on his 190-acre Coolbrae Farm, near Kircubbin on the beautiful green Ards Peninsula of Northern Ireland.

  • IT'S A 'View from the East', the Far East and East Lothian, this month, with the combines nearing completion in Ukraine and a visit to two global agri-investment conferences in Singapore to report on this month.