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

AS WE approach May, we are still in the midst of cold winter weather with snow, frost, chilly winds and little sign of the weather warming up – but at least it has been drier this past two weeks, allowing land work to proceed to get spring barley and potatoes into the ground. Barley seed certification to date is lower…

AS SPRING crops develop and we creep closer to harvest, it is worth taking a look at how this year’s harvest might unfold and how it might affect global supplies. Well-supplied global grain markets have pushed prices to six-year lows and the stocks expected to be carried forward into 2016/17 will provide a sizeable cushion to any supply disruption. If…

COLD DAMP conditions prevail and cereals not yet sown are now getting past their optimum planting time. In many areas, land has been prepared for potatoes but again soil and air temperatures are too low and soil moisture levels need to decrease to allow work to progress. It is not easy to apply fertilisers either without making a mess of…

SPRING planting is progressing but recent wet weather has slowed things up and we are still getting cold spells which is not helping the new-sown crops establish well. The total spring barley acreage is set to be more than 600,000 ha for the third year in a row and new crop buyers are not rushing to buy stock at this…

SCOTLAND escaped the worst of the recent storm last weekend, named Katie, so it was a busy Easter weekend on the land, catching up with jobs that were waiting to be done and had been held up by the recent months of wet weather. Air temperatures are still not climbing yet and soil temperature is still low, so crops will…

Spring sowing is still some way off in Scotland as snow and rain continue to fall in many places. In the south of England spring barley planting has started and in the same week in Scotland the last of the winter beans are being harvested which makes for a long harvest season. There are some concerns on UK winter crops…