8 December 1995

Champion Scottish barley

MORE than 60% of Scottish spring barley, or 1.25m tonnes, was accepted for malting this year.

"Excellent weather saw many growers achieve record yields and prices," Robin Pirie of Pauls Malt, Newmarket, said after the judging of the 1995 national malting barley competition for Scotland.

He hoped the high prices would persuade more farmers to grow spring barley on the extra area available next year following the cut in set-aside.

The champion Scottish barley was a sample of Derkado from Marcus Findlay, Pitcox Farm, Dunbar. The same variety also claimed reserve spot for Hamilton Farmers of East Lothian.