Farming News

logo-scottishfarmerDoug Niven has dedicated the past 50 years of his life to the farming and agricultural industry.  For over 20 years he has written for the Scottish Farmer; Doug still writes a regular weekly article for the publication, known locally and by his readers as the ‘Gleaner’.

Doug’s articles are topical and feature highly in the magazine; often commenting on the industry’s volatile market place and reciting the most up to date meat and grain prices which can be affected so quickly.

News Articles

The weather so far this month has seen less rain but continuing blustery showers and high winds and the forecast going forward does not show much change, though surface water on the fields is gradually getting less. Unfortunately the same story keeps re-appearing each week as commodity prices continue to fall and it is only the weakness of UK currency…

SURFACE WATER in fields is gradually getting less and daylight hours are noticeably increasing, which is always a good sign that spring is getting nearer. Unfortunately, the same story keeps re-appearing each week as commodity prices continue to fall and it is only the weakness of UK currency that has reduced the impact of falls in international futures prices on…

February continued where January finished, with strong gale force winds and heavy rain showers – that left us with 124 mm, or 5 inches of rain, in January here in the Borders and land has begun to look like paddy fields. We have seen little frost this winter and, apart from where water is lying, crops appear to have survived…