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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.
COLD, WINDY and wet conditions still dominates our weather cycles and crop growth continues to be slower than normal - that's maybe not a bad thing as winter barley goes into its 'grain fill' mode.
THUS FAR in May we have had rainfall on seven out of 10 days of the month amounting to 36mm and more rain is forecast for the next few days.
TEMPERATURES have continued to rise and all things arable across most of Scotland appear to be looking 'good to excellent' in the parlance of the US Department of Agriculture in the Borders.
TEMPERATURES are gradually rising and crops are growing as the daylight hours increase, plus potato planting is going well and, with only 2mm of rain in the last 10 days in the Borders, land work is progressing well.
SUMMER weather arrived over the Easter weekend, with temperatures into the high teens and winter crops and early sown spring crops 'jumping'.
THIS WEEK'S horrendous weather seemed more appropriate to November than to the beginning of April and brought field work to an abrupt halt.
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.