Grain is mounting on Scottish farms as growers struggle to find a home for it – or a haulier to move it.
Shoppers could soon be able to scan a QR code on a packet of oats to trace their origin and ensure they are gluten-free.
The owner of the Portgordon maltings, near Buckie, has blamed higher grain prices at Harvest 2018 and caution from distillers for a drop in pre-tax profits last year.
Growers across Scotland are becoming increasingly frustrated by the stop-start approach to sowing after the delayed spring.
Scottish grain merchant W.N. Lindsay experienced an 18% drop in profits last year.
The north-east's newest town will be the first community in Scotland with access to "hyperfast" broadband, its developer has announced.
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.
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.
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.
Drinks giant Diageo has adjusted its requirements for malting barley in light of skinning problems being experienced by many farmers.
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.
Profits increased at Britain's largest arable inputs and marketing firm last year despite a drop in turnover.
Scotland’s largest independent grain merchant – W.N. Lindsay – has warned profits could be hit this year as a result of falling grain prices.
North-east grain co-operative Aberdeen Grain Storage Ltd has signed a marketing agreement with Frontier Agriculture, following its decision earlier this week to end its partnership with Openfield.
The story is as clear in Iowa, the mega farming US state, as it is in Scotland - world commodity prices are worryingly low for arable farmers following a bumper world harvest this year.
The grain market is likely to remain in the duldrums until at least spring 2015, according to HGCA lead analyst Jack Watts.
Fire crews spent more than six hours fighting a fire in a grain drier on the Black Isle.