Cereal harvest is almost complete in South West Scotland, but farmers need a few dry days to get the last of the crops cut and to start drilling.

Agrovista agronomist Richard Bray said farmers had a few fields of spring barley left to cut and bale, as well as some spring beans.

“The beans have been desiccated and we should combine them later this week if we get a dry spell.”

Cereal crops had discoloured after the rain, but most were grown for home consumption, so it was not a major concern, he said.

“There was some fusarium in the late cut spring barley though.”

Producers now needed a reasonable period of weather to start drilling winter barley. “We really want to get that in within the next 10 days.”