• AS SPRING crops develop and we creep closer to harvest, it is worth taking a look at how this year’s harvest might unfold and how it might affect global supplies. 

  • COLD DAMP conditions prevail and cereals not yet sown are now getting past their optimum planting time. 

  • SCOTLAND escaped the worst of the recent storm last weekend, named Katie, so it was a busy Easter weekend on the land, catching up with jobs that were waiting to be done and had been held up by the recent months of wet weather. 

  • Spring sowing is still some way off in Scotland as snow and rain continue to fall in many places.

  • The weather so far this month has seen less rain but continuing blustery showers and high winds and the forecast going forward does not show much change, though surface water on the fields is gradually getting less.

  • SURFACE WATER in fields is gradually getting less and daylight hours are noticeably increasing, which is always a good sign that spring is getting nearer.

  • February continued where January finished, with strong gale force winds and heavy rain showers - that left us with 124 mm, or 5 inches of rain, in January here in the Borders and land has begun to look like paddy fields.

  • COMPARED TO the East Coast of America where they have had up to 1m of snow recently, our tail-end of the same storm was wind and rain this week, and that's on top of some pretty wet weather so far this year.

  • IT'S NOW official - December, 2015, was the wettest on record, with UK rainfall reported at 191% of the long-term average.

  • IT'S BEEN all over the news what a wet December we've had - record levels and all that - but in my part of the Borders we finished up with 648mm of rain.