• Taking a look back at what was happening in the agricultural world over the last 100 years.

  • By Alison Mann

    IN FEBRUARY, 1989, Prince Charles’ appeal to farmers to abandon chemical-based intensive cropping methods in favour of natural organic husbandry sparked a rush from amateur gardeners for natural plant foods, chemical-free composts and manures made from cow manure, claimed a supplier. Andrew Ratcliffe, of Tonbridge-based Stimgro, said the prince’s speech seemed to have persuaded  many previously undecided gardners to try organic methods.

  • By Alison Mann
    It was announced in 1989 the potato collection which won its way into the Guiness Book of Records was to be kept going, though on a limited scale. At its peak, Donald MacLean, Dornock Farm, Crieff, had around 400 varieties of potato, but had scaled down the collection considerably before his death in October 1988. Mrs MacLean told The Scottish Farmer that she indeded to keep around 200 of the varieties on the farm, and felt it was an appropriate memorial to her husband’s life-long interests.

  • A MORAYSHIRE farmer got a fright when he found a live hand grenade in his field in 2003. Alan Watson, who found the grenade while grading potatoes at his farm near Keith, tapped it against a wooden boc, thinking it was just a dirty spud. “When the earth fell off it, I realised my mistake,’ said Mr Watson. “I just put it down and got clear of the area. I’m glad I didn’t tap it too hard.”

  • – In 1987, a top price of 7500gns was paid for a five-month-old imported Angora buck, being purchased by Anne Bell, East Lothian.

  • – In 1980 The Scottish Farmer organised a three-day trip to the Paris Agricultural Show, which amazed farmers with the size of machinery and the size of the show.

  • Prices in the 1970s .

  • – In 1976, a £6000 Blackface ram was part of a court action after it was claimed it had sired no lambs.

  • – Intensive deer farming of red deer in Scotland could be a real possibility.