A 25-acre block of Kingston winter barley was cream of the crop in this year’s Royal Northern Agricultural Society growing cereals contest.
The contest, judged by Scott Campbell from Kirkton Farm, Kinellar, attracted 87 entries from 39 farms across the north of Scotland.
The winning crop was put forward by first-time entrant David Murphy, who farms in partnership with son Andrew and brother James at Mains of Kinmundy, Longside, Peterhead.
The family run a 470-acre arable enterprise alongside Murphy Agricultural Machinery.
David said their entry had been made at the last minute after their agronomist, Steven Penrice from Frontier, suggested they take part.
“The crop is looking really well,” added David.
“It would be the icing on the cake if it yields well, too.”
Judge Scott Campbell said: “All entrants should be very proud of their standard of farming, and it was an extremely close competition.”
The reserve overall prize went to a block of Laureate spring barley for malting from the Middleton family at Balbegno, Fettercairn.
The best winter wheat was a block of Sundance from Iain Wilson at Tulloch Farms, Upper Coullie Farm, Laurencekirk.
He also took the prize for the best crop from an entrant under the age of 30.
The best spring oats and winner of the best Less Favoured Area crop award was an entry of Canyon from Rodney Blackhall, the Green, Raemoir.
The best spring barley for feed was an entry of Laureate put forward by Alan Grant, Copper Quarry, Mintlaw.