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AT LAST we are seeing a more settled spell of weather and some drying winds to allow harvest to proceed, especially now that the winter wheat crop is ready for the knife.
A LOT hangs on whether some forecasted better weather materialises or not, as the main harvest of spring barley and wheat is just about ready to go.
IT'S STILL all about the weather I'm afraid and in the Borders we have had 60 mm or more than 2 inches of rain this month so far – but then last August we had 152 mm or 6 inches of rain.
COMBINES IN the Borders and in some western areas, are gradually getting the winter barley tidied up between the showers and are now making progress in the winter oilseed rape.
Harvest in the Borders is being held up by rain once again as thunderstorms and flash floods cause more havoc.
THE WEATHER may be dire here but it's the global situation that is making the market jumpy at the moment.
THREE INCHES of rain have fallen to date this month and forecasts for this next week do not see much change from the recent weeks and months of poor wet weather.
Weather is still the topical subject for conversation as rain continues to fall with 119 mm or nearly five inches last month in the Borders and up to more than seven inches elsewhere in Scotland.
BY WAY of a change this week I'm taking a look at global trends in GM technology as a result of HGCA's recent reporting on the increasing use of GM crops globally.
Rain continues to fall but some areas are getting more than others and the outcome is that potato planting is still being held up and it looks like it will be into May before some serious planting gets underway.