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Frustration is building on farms as the sowing of autumn crops is delayed and growers look for a break in the weather to complete 2019’s stop-start harvest.
Farmers, crofters and agricultural workers are being told “look out, look up” for overhead electricity lines during harvest.
Harvesting is under way in many parts of the country as farmers reap what they sowed in the age-old season of hope and hard work. While the tensions of the season remain ever present, the harvesting technology seeks to lighten the load. Pete Small looks back to some of its origins
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.
Pre-harvest safety briefings should be held with farm and estate staff to reduce the dangers during one of the busiest times of year, according to land agents Strutt & Parker.
Farmers are being asked to collect samples of adult cabbage stem flea beetles from oilseed rapes crops at harvest.
Difficult weather and a decrease in the amount of cereals grown have been blamed for an estimated 9% decrease in production this season.
Harvest 2018 has been better than expected, according to the National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS).
Harvest 2018 progress reports from across Scotland confirm an impending shortage of straw despite more farmers choosing to bale, rather than chop.
Scotland is on track for a bumper harvest despite the fact many growers are struggling to get combines near drenched fields.
Harvest 2017 is one of mixed fortunes for farmers across Scotland, according to NFU Scotland (NFUS).
NFU Scotland (NFUS) is urging arable growers to take time to complete its annual harvest survey.
Harvest 2017 has started in earnest across parts of the north and north-east of Scotland.
Harvest 2017 kicked off super early for one Aberdeenshire farmer earlier this week.
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.
George Smith, 81, was brought up in Aberdeenshire. He lived and worked on many farms in the area in his youth. This is the third and final part of a letter he wrote about the places where he lived in his younger days.
The annual Christmas tree harvest is in full swing after the first fir from one of Britain's biggest plantations got the chop.
Early indications from Scotland's cereal and oilseed rape harvest have painted 2016 as a particularly dismal year.
Combines have been slow to start rolling on many farms across Scotland but momentum is now building for harvest 2016.
Arable farmers could be in for another tricky season with production predicted to outstrip demand once more.
Scotland is set for the best harvest in 20 years in terms of yields, according to government figures.
At long last the Scottish spring barley harvest is under way in earnest with combines now making inroads into one of the latest maturing crops yet.
Wet weather is putting a damper on work across farms in the north and north-east.
At first glance it seems that it is impossible to keep on improving combine harvester outputs but manufacturers keep proving otherwise.
Farmers who make use of casual summer labour must ensure they adhere to new guidance from HMRC.
Get your cameras at the ready - Press and Journal Farming's harvest photo competition is back again this year.
The Scottish 2014 cereal harvest remains on track to be the largest in 20 years, despite a downward revision to the government's estimates for final tonnage.
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.
Earlier this the month, the Press and Journal invited you to enter our harvest picture competition.
Europe is on track for a bumper cereals harvest - up 6.1% on last year - according to estimates from Copa-Cogeca.
The Scottish 2014 cereal harvest could be the largest in 20 years at 3.3million tonnes, according to first Scottish Government estimates.