Good weather raises Scottish spirits

29 July 1999

Good weather raises Scottish spirits

THE recent bout of good weather has proved a tonic for arable farmers in Scotland as they start the harvest, reports The Herald.

Early reports suggest good weights from winter barley. Moistures are low and prices are reaching £70/t.

But one downside is low nitrogen levels, which have put off brewer interest in the crop.

There was good news for the future shape of other markets.

The Home-Grown Cereals Authority has reported lower yields than expected in Southern Europe which could translate into increased exports.

There was also good news for arable farmers from the European Commission which said it was open for free market export tenders.

This means there will be an export subsidy, or restitution, on European Union grain to make it competitive with world grains.

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