• AS I write this, I am still struggling to come to terms with the events of Wednesday October 8, 2014.

  • FOR A pleasant change, the most enjoyable part of this summer has been the weather.

  • AFTER Hurricane Bertha the harvest finished quickly.

  • WELL, as I heard someone say on the radio this week, what's over and done with is never really over and done with - and I guess that could certainly be said of the Independence Referendum.

  • BY THE time you read this article on September 19, we could well know the outcome of the closely contested referendum for independence.

  • I have always been a supporter of the idea of Scotland's political independence but never did I imagine that I'd get the chance to vote for it in my early thirties.

  • As I sat in a combine in Perthshire this week with a good friend who has contributed to this column once last back end, he remarked that it was like trying to decide what to write an essay on at university.

  • I have tried to maintain an impartial view of the Independence debate, but for the economics of Scottish agriculture my analysis clearly draws me towards No Thanks.

  • In common with many I have agonised over how I should vote in the referendum.

  • BACK IN 2000 this column predicted greater volatility in our industry, but I must admit, at the time, I never envisaged such vast swings in so many of our products leaving our farms.