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

Harvest appears to be approaching sooner than some expected, with some fields of winter barley here in the Borders already cut. Winter barley cut in Southern England to date has been variable, but the general picture is of low specific weights, high screening levels and modest yields. Harvest results have started to come in from AHDB recommended list trials from…

The 2016 AHDB Planting and Variety survey shows an overall decline in the area of cereals and oilseed rape across England and Scotland. This overall decrease results from a sharp fall in the oilseed rape area for a second year running, plus slightly lower winter barley and wheat areas. However, the strongest GB spring barley area since 2013, plus higher…

We continue with this period of volatility as the pound has fallen once again against a number of currencies including the euro and dollar. As at 8th July £1.00 equated to 1.17 euros and 1.30 dollars. This is the weakest sterling has been against the euro since October 2013 and the weakest against the dollar since 1985. This supported UK…

AGAIN it’s that dreaded word, ‘volatility’ that immediately comes to mind at the moment as a maelstrom revolves around currency, market prices and weather. Recent rain has helped growing crops, especially spring barley and water irrigators have been used little on potato crops. That said, heat and sunshine are required in abundancy in the next few weeks, but long-range forecasts…

THOUGH the weather remains changeable, growing crops are developing well and sunshine is now required to fill the ears in the lead up to harvest. The barley harvest in Spain has been gathering momentum and the French harvest is under way now as well. Early yield reports from south-west France are of high yielding crops, with lower specific weights than…