The amount of cereals grown by Scottish farmers was up 22% this year to the highest level since 2015, according to Scottish Government figures.
A Fettercairn farm has been crowned cream of the crop in this year’s Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS) growing cereals competition.
New cereals and oilseeds varieties with “remarkable untreated yields” feature in the latest AHDB Recommended Lists (RL).
Difficult weather and a decrease in the amount of cereals grown have been blamed for an estimated 9% decrease in production this season.
A 22-acre block of Aspen spring oats has been crowned cream of the crop in the Royal Northern Agricultural Society’s annual growing cereals competition.
Scottish growers are moving away from winter barley to spring varieties, according to AHDB.
Winter barley has historically made little impact on the Scottish malting market but that could be about to change, according to Dr Bill Thomas of the James Hutton Institute (JHI).
The hot, dry weather is causing concern for cereals and potato producers in Scotland, but in parts of central Europe and Scandinavia farmers are warning of the catastrophic consequences of a severe drought.
A block of Propino spring barley has been crowned cream of the crop in this year’s Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS) growing cereals competition.
The farmers with some of the best blocks of barley and wheat this season have been unveiled by two agricultural shows in the north-east.
The amount of spring barley being grown by Scots farmers remains at a 10-year low, according to AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds.
The UK cereals industry will today be warned not to sleepwalk into Brexit.
The importance of soil micronutrients when growing spring barley was emphasised at a recent Monitor Farm meeting in the Black Isle.
The Scottish Government's final estimates for harvest 2016 confirm disappointing yields with the amount of cereals produced down 11% on last year and 5% below the 10-year average. Figures from Scotland's chief statistician reveal Scottish farmers produced 2.8million tonnes of cereals in the year, including 1.6million tonnes of barley and 900,000 tonnes of wheat. There had been no catastrophic weather condition responsible for the drop in production, but instead “less than ideal factors affecting the seedbed, growing conditions and the final harvest". There was an 8% fall in overall cereal yields to an average of 2.59 tonnes per acre, ranging from 2.18 tonnes per acre for spring barley to 3.39 tonnes per acre for wheat. This was against a 3% decrease in the area of land sown for cereals to 1.057million acres. Spring barley production was at its lowest level since 1997 and down 15% on 2015 to 1.3million tonnes. Winter barley production is also down 19% to 329,000 tonnes, while wheat is back 9% to 926,000 tonnes. Production of oats increased to 200,000 tonnes – the first increase since the 1970s. It was a “particularly poor year" for oilseed rape with yields averaging 1.33 tonnes per acre resulting in the lowest production since records began in 1992, at 102,000 tonnes.
Cereals farmers who aim for premium distilling markets will finally have new soft wheat varieties to choose from next season.
The number of people employed on agricultural holdings is at the lowest level on record, according to government figures.
Early indications from Scotland's cereal and oilseed rape harvest have painted 2016 as a particularly dismal year.
The James Hutton Institute's (JHI) two-year campaign to create a £40million international barley hub has taken a stride forward with the backing of Deputy First Minister John Swinney.
Scottish farmers who have failed to comply with crop spraying legislation introduced last year are falling foul of assurance auditors this harvest and have had their grain rejected for premium markets.
A 35-acre field of winter barley has landed north-east farmer Sandy Norrie the champion title in this year's Turriff Show cereals competition.
Arable farmers could be in for another tricky season with production predicted to outstrip demand once more.
Britain's largest farmer-owned arable trading business is back in the black.
Yields from this year's cereal harvest are 5% lower than expected dashing hopes 2015 would be a record-breaker.
Scotland is set for the best harvest in 20 years in terms of yields, according to government figures.
Wet weather is putting a damper on work across farms in the north and north-east.
A block of Concerto spring barley has been crowned champion in this year's Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS) growing cereals competition.
A lack of plant protection products is likely to result in a drop in EU cereals production this year, claims Copa-Cogeca.
Scottish growers have opted to grow more wheat and less barley this year, according to figures from AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds.
Producing grain to meet the needs of the end user was a key driver behind research being demonstrated at the Cereals in Practice event.
European Commission rules which could prevent farmers from forward-selling grain must be changed before they are allowed to disrupt the arable sector, according to the NFU England and Wales.
Failure to give British farmers access to genetically modified (GM) crops could damage the future competitiveness of UK agriculture, claims a new report.
Calls for a special hedgecutting dispensation for oilseed rape growers have been denied by the Scottish Government.