6 September 2002

Oat colour snag

WEATHERING seems set to cause serious problems with milling oats in the Central Scottish belt with merchants already looking to the Borders and Yorkshire to fill demand.

"Discoloration is the main snag," says David Bryce, who grew 40ha (75 acres) of Gerald intended for Quaker Oats in Cupar.

"Screenings have also been poor. They have to be below 6% but this year they have been as high as 10-11%," he says.

Glencore Grains John Stirling confirms Mr Bryces comments about the Scottish crop.

"Low bushel weights and high screenings are common on the winters and while bushel weight seems OK on the springs, colour is a problem." &#42