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Slow start to harvest in Scotland

Staff Writer |
Scotland’s 2017 harvest has been a stop/start affair but breaks in the weather have allowed momentum to build.

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Drier weather in the past week has allowed combines around the country to get on the move, bringing in crops.

But the damp weather means many, particularly in the west, still face tricky field conditions for harvest and almost all cereal growers will face additional drying costs to bring down moisture levels, so that crops can be stored without spoiling.

Although it may be some time yet before combines can be stored away, NFU Scotland is urging its members to find time to complete NFUS Annual Harvest Survey 2017 once combining is complete.

The survey covers wheat, barley, oats, oilseed rape, peas and beans.

In the next week, NFUS will also provide a snapshot of how its farmers have fared, not just in terms of yield and quality of the 2017 harvest, but to assess what progress has been made in ground work and planting crops for harvest next year.

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