• SO FAR this month we have had only 7mm of rain and, with no amount of snow to date, means land is drying up once again so it might not be too long before we see land work action in the fields.

  • The fall in nearby Brent Crude Oil futures to under $50 per barrel from more than $115 per barrel in mid-June is likely to have far reaching effects on agriculture both in the UK and worldwide.

  • IN THE Borders we have had no snow but some high winds, which have caused some damage but will go a long way towards drying out sodden fields.

  • BACK IN harness following the festive period, it is good to note that for the first time in living memory the number of dairy animals has increased by 9646 head from the 2013 figure and it is also the highest there has been since 1997.

  • 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.

  • IT'S AMAZING what a few dry days together can achieve and, for some, the grain and oilseed harvest is largely complete with just beans and tatties hanging about yet to do.