• 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.

  • WORLD MARKETS were thrown into turmoil last week following the US' Department of Agriculture reporting that its maize area was 1.5m acres higher than previous estimates and that stocks are 10m tonnes above previous forecasts.

  • BACK FROM the Royal Highland to the 'day job' has meant that for many areas of the east, the potato irrigators were turned back on – although some areas have had more rain than others, as those in the west might appreciate!

  • AS IF prompted – following a recent announcement of an official drought in East Anglia – it and other 'dry' areas of the UK had some welcome rainfall last weekend.

  • THERE IS one positive to come out of the global downturn in business – shipping rates are now at a two-year low, which helps exports of bulk raw materials, such as wheat.

  • TIME TO focus this week on the world's oilseed market after looking into the reasons behind a burgeoning sugar market last week.

  • WARM DRY conditions meant that potato planters were out in force – at least for the first half of this week – and if all the tractor traffic on the road was anything to go by, a lot of spring work was carried out.

  • SPRING WEATHER has arrived at last in much of Scotland, with some dry sunny and breezy weather drying the land and allowing drills to get going at last with spring beans and barley.