Harvest estimates for 2016 sow seeds of doubt
Confirmation that harvest 2016 will not go down as a vintage year came yesterday with the first estimates showing an 11 per cent drop in production, to 4 per cent lower than the ten-year average.
While there has been no single catastrophic weather condition responsible for the fall, there have been a series of less than ideal factors.
The provisional figures produced by Scotland’s chief statistician show Scottish farms are estimated to have produced 2.8 million tonnes of cereals this year – 1.6 million tonnes of barley, one million tonnes of wheat and the balance in oats.
The figures show... read more