Perthshire’s best standing crops have been examined ahead of next month’s 160th anniversary Perth Show.

Entries from across the grain growing areas of Perthshire were examined by winter wheat judge John Middleton of sponsors Yara and spring and winter barley judge and agronomist Chris Leslie, who were accompanied on their tour of competing farms by David Armstrong, president of the Perthshire Agricultural Society.

Standing crops are always judged on site ahead of the annual two-day Perth Show, taking place this year at Perth’s South Inch on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6.”It kicks off our competition schedule and is always fiercely contested among our arable farmers,” said Perth Show secretary, Neil Forbes.

“This week the judges enjoyed perfect weather to examine the crops and have reported back that the standard was ‘most impressive’,” Neil added. “They said it was a really tight competition which means all entrants can be justifiably proud of their crop.”

The competition is judged on a points system with each entry receiving detailed written feedback from the judges.