• IT'S BEEN good week for catching up on spring work now that the cold spell of weather has receded and temperatures of up to 10°c have been recorded.

  • HALF THE amount of 'precipitation' has fallen in our part of the Borders in January this year, compared to last year.

  • THIS PAST week has produced some severe storms and the first fall of snow in the Borders where we had three inches overnight – it melted within 24 hours but was a reminder of what last winter was all about.

  • IT'S BEEN a struggle for many because of the weather, but potato lifting is now complete in most areas – 97% has now lifted in the UK, compared to 90% at this time last year.

  • AS OCTOBER heads to a close, the general position is that potato lifting and winter wheat sowing are also getting closer to being completed – but that said, there are still a few worrying pockets of the harvest to mop up, most notably in some parts of Lanarkshire.

  • CROPS STILL left to harvest are beginning to experience serious quality issues because of continuing wet weather.

  • AFTER NINE dry days at the end of September in the Borders, 16mm or ¾ of an inch of rain fell last weekend in the first two days of October to undo the good that had been done by the dry spell last week.

  • IT HAS again been a week of dodging showers and a continuation of August's rainfall figures, explaining why in the Borders we had 152mm, or 6 inches, to give a total so far of 525mm or 21 inches, against last year's comparative figures of 27mm or 1 inch for the month, and 491mm, or 20 inches for the year.

  • THE WET weather since the beginning of the month has caused some crops to go flat in some areas of Scotland and that is a rare sight in recent years.