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.

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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…

COMPARED TO the East Coast of America where they have had up to 1m of snow recently, our tail-end of the same storm was wind and rain this week, and that’s on top of some pretty wet weather so far this year. But, it’s been a fickle year for different parts of the country. Forecasts here were for high winds…

IT’S NOW official – December, 2015, was the wettest on record, with UK rainfall reported at 191% of the long-term average. It was also the warmest with the average temperature of 7.7C being a huge 4.1C above the long term average. And January started similarly with 60 mm, or more than 2 inches of rain in the first 12 days…

IT’S BEEN all over the news what a wet December we’ve had – record levels and all that – but in my part of the Borders we finished up with 648mm of rain. In old money that’s 25.51 inches, compared to the 2014 total of 650mm or 25.59 inches. Until December, 2015 was looking like a lot drier year than…

ANOTHER YEAR draws to a close and, for many, it has not been one to remember – or maybe it has, but for all the wrong reasons! The weather has been ‘variable’ to say the least, with heavy rain in some areas but temperatures generally have been higher than normal and some late December temperatures have been at record high…