Arable News

Arable News

  • EAST FIFE Young Farmers' annual ploughing match has been a popular local fixture since 1946, but you won't have seen it from this angle before.

  • WINNERS of the SRUC's Mains of Loriston Winter Wheat Challenge was the Barony-based team of Cailean Knapp, Fergus Scougal, William McMillan, Sam Mactiier and Ben McColm.

  • A TOP quality line-up of silage entries from both north and south of the Border, saw Lanarkshire producers, AA Baird, Auchnotroch, Lesmahagow, win the main clamp silage competition at AgriScot.

  • WHILE EXPORTS of grain from the UK have been held back by being uncompetitive due to currency exchange, there has been some activity by Openfield, Britain's largest farmer-owned grain business, which has sent more than 80,000 tonnes of wheat and barley on vessels destined for North Africa and the Middle East.

  • THE PRIMARY transmitters of turnip yellows virus (TuYV) to young oilseed rape plants, peach-potato aphids, have been caught in traps in all key arable growing areas in recent days, prompting control warnings.



  • 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.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • Following October's feed wheat price rally, futures are now continuing to fall once again as the US maize harvest progress picks up - with UK feed wheat usage also reported down on last year by 11.6%.

  • APART FROM the pretty appalling weather caused by the wake of Hurricane Gonzalo, there's some better news for those with wheat in the barn as prices have started to edge up.

  • WITH THE Referendum over, we can concentrate on other issues again and the main talking points now are of low commodity price, the recent benign weather and a double whammy hit for those who get their SFO in euros.

  • NOW THAT the great imponderable - no, not the referendum - the cereal harvest is more or less done, it is time to think about next year and see how varieties have performed in the field and in trials in different areas.

  • Earlier in the week we had some steady rainfall, which amounted to only 4mm, but it was welcome for those needing rain for grass, seed germination and potato ground that was becoming too dry to lift potatoes without damaging them.

Farmer Right-hand Column