15 October 1999

Scots barley boost

LAST autumns poor weather saw a significant change in Scottish cropping, with winter barley sowing down about 30% on the year.

Estimates of this seasons drillings show a return to a more normal barley area, but winter rape is expected to be down a third – a direct result of the drop in returns, according to Dalgety Arable.

Regina remains the winter barley of choice, accounting for more than half the Scottish crop. But Ribands winter wheat dominance is being challenged, Claire securing 14% share, mostly in central and south Scotland, with Buchan finding favour in the north. &#42