• LOCALISED RAIN, strong winds and all mixed in with some sunshine has seen some interruption to harvest - but the high winds have meant that combining has progressed quite well.

  • Following the latest USDA report, which came out last week, the November 2014 LIFFE feed wheat futures set a new contract low of £134.25 and was down £3.10 on the week.

  • WE'VE HAD ideal growing conditions for cereal crops and potato irrigation is an ongoing task that is very time consuming for most, never mind adding cost.

  • THE ROYAL Highland Show has come and gone once again ansd this time the obvious topics of conversation were to do with CAP reform, Scottish land reform and the September independence referendum.

  • CROPS ACROSS Scotland continue to look well with many spring crops showing a grand, even braird, though showers are holding up potato planting in some parts.

  • 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.