• WINTER SOWN crops can now be seen motoring following fertiliser application and sunny warm days, with temperatures this past week up to 13ºc.

  • THE BIG talking point this week is the ongoing instability in Ukraine and what effect this will have on world market, given that it is now a big player in the international grains market.

  • UNBELIEVABLY yet again, the weather in the northern half of the UK has been better than the south this past week.

  • Rainfall in the Borders for January was 62 mm or 2.5 inches and rainfall was recorded on 23 different days during the month which has kept land wet and there has been surface water lying once again.

  • IT'S THE old catch 22 again – crops are looking much better on the back of some benign weather conditions, which has boosted prospects of a better harvest and markets have reacted by invoking a sharp downturn in prices.

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    Following another wet January month, February has started with some strong drying winds, which has at last allowed some ploughing to take place on lighter soils.

  • THE MIXED bag that was this week's weather, did nothing really to progress any last minute wheat sowing or prepare for spring sowing.

  • THIS YEAR started where the old year left us – very wet and sodden fields.

  • AS 2012 is at a close, we can turn our thoughts to 2013, but not before we tidy up a few facts on last year.

  • This past week has seen less rain and more traditional winter weather with some frost and snow showers.