– During 1940, strenuous efforts to grow more food were shattered by stupidly directed operations of our own home defence service.

Without any warning, heavily laden lorries invaded Scottish fields of growing crops and about 200 men set to work trampling about through standing wheat, lying barley, early potatoes and sugar beet. In October, while BBC announcers often said most bombs fell in open country where no damage was done ... a crater on one farm covered the area of about an acre and it took a week's work from four men to fill it in with the use of two horses and three carts.

– By 1943, 10,000 Land Girls were in situ said Secretary of State, Thomas Johnston. He pointed out the Women's Land Army was expected to be 10,000 strong in Scotland by the end of 1943, which would be welcome news to farmers who were becoming increasingly dependant on women to work on the farm due to the war. In the same year, war-time farming achievements given out by secretary Alan Chapman, gave details of Scotland's farming achievements. These showed that the wheat acreage at 171,000 acres was the largest recorded since 1869 when 135,700 acres of wheat were grown, four years after the compilation of the first annual agricultural returns were undertaken. The barley acreage was also reported as a record at 214,000 acres against 100,000 in 1939. The greatest rise since the beginning of the war was in the oat crop which grew from 234,000 acres in 1939, to 1,011,000. Rye, of which a comparitively small acreage was grown, increased eight fold to 11,040 acres and both sugar beet and potatoes showed increases of more than 75% to 13,400 and 236,000 acres, respectively. Cattle numbers also increased with the total number rising 2% from 1939, with the number of dairy cattle advancing 9% from 714,000 to 808,000, while the number of beef cattle fell. Sheep numbers dropped 15% to 6,766,000 head while the pig population fell 25% to 190,000 head.

– During 1945, the cry 'Do not feed the prisoners' went up. Farmers were reminded that the giving of food to prisoners of war by an employer is an offence by Lord Rosebery, secretary of state for Scotland, in a letter to William Young, president of the NFU and Chamber of Agriculture. Lord Rosebery stated that the feeding of prisoners is the responsibility of the War Office and the scale of rations is adequate to enable the prisoners to do the work required of them.