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

  • THE WEATHER has been relatively kind this past week, again with some showers, frosts but also sunny dry days which has meant that most of the beans left in the Borders have now been cut, but potato lifting is still progressing at a slow pace

  • IT'S BEEN 'slowly, slowly,' as far as a catch up of potato harvesting goes, as the arrival of November has already produced showers, sunny spells and frost.

  • Figures are still being collated and confirmation of just how bad the 2012 harvest has been is just now becoming more apparent as weigh tickets and smaller cheques than expected arrive in the farm offices around the country.

  • MORE HEAVY rain – with some places getting 34mm in 24 hours – saw winter sowing grind to a halt once again, though potatoes were being lifted with difficulty on lighter soils.

  • A RUN of 15 dry days in the Borders was brought to an abrupt halt on Monday, when 13mm or ½ inch of rain put paid to further harvest operations.

  • 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.