• UNTIL SOME torrential downpours in the middle of this week, harvest was progressing well to the extent that all of the winter barley and most of the winter oilseed rape has been harvested.

  • FOLLOWING THE the recent USDA report which increased global wheat production by 4.5m tonnes to a whopping 726.55m tonnes due to increased expected yields in Russia and Ukraine, more than offsetting a lower crop in Canada, wheat prices have continued to fall almost on a daily basis.

  • MANY FARMS have cut winter barley and are now waiting for oilseed rape or spring barley to ripen.

  • HARVEST IS getting underway in the Borders and Aberdeenshire, with winter barley the first to be cut. 

  • Over the past month UK wheat futures prices for the crucial November, 2015, timing have been bouncing around the £125 per tonne level, driven by changing weather reports across the world.

  • Over the past month UK wheat futures prices for the crucial November, 2015, timing have been bouncing around the £125 per tonne level, driven by changing weather reports across the world.

  • We have now had 49mm or nearly two inches of rain so far this month, but once again sunshine hours have been very few and there are concerns that grain will not be filling as well as expected, even though crops look well in the field.

  • HEAVY THUNDER and rain this week has seen 42mm, or just over 1.5 inches, of rainfall and this will now be enough to see crops through until harvest time here in the Borders.

  • We are now past the longest daylight hour day and officially into summer as temperatures stay around 10ºc with cold winds, clouds and showers.

  • BARLEY EXPORTS have been a key success story for both UK and EU as a whole this season and Defra has forecast total season exports from the UK to reach 1.5m tonnes - the highest since 1999/2000.