• AT LAST we have experienced some warm weather, albeit with chilly easterly winds in the eastern areas of the Borders but sunshine is a great fertiliser and will help the late sown crops.

  • NOW THAT May is with us and with forecasts of warmer weather for this weekend and into next week, we should see crops move on and catch up on lost time due to recent cold weather.

  • AS WE approach May, we are still in the midst of cold winter weather with snow, frost, chilly winds and little sign of the weather warming up – but at least it has been drier this past two weeks, allowing land work to proceed to get spring barley and potatoes into the ground. 

  • 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.