Disbelief and cynicism were the main reactions to the report in The Courier last month that Fife farm manager Craig Norrie was aiming to match the wheat yield of 7.13t/acre which was recorded in his combine at the 2017 harvest.
Gone are the days when rats were a problem that could be resolved by an enthusiastic terrier, a rifle or a bucket of poison purchased from the hardware shop.
The most scrutinised winter cereals crop in Fife had run out of steam five weeks ago.
The Soil Association has called for more UK farmers to grow organic cereals for animal feed.
New guidance on how to handle rent payments have been issued to tenant farmers and landowners by Scotland’s tenant farming commissioner.
Almost 70% of Scottish young farmers voted to stay in Europe and would do so again if they got the opportunity.
Financial support to help farmers with the cost of disposing of dead cattle and sheep after the recent severe weather has been announced by the Scottish Government.
“Poo cakes” made out of human waste intended to be used as fertiliser have been poo-pooed by farmers who say it may see crops rejected by the whisky industry.
Additional support for Scottish farmers and crofters is being considered by the Scottish Government in the wake of exceptionally bad weather, a lack of fodder and straw and increased livestock losses.
The Scottish Government has written to the European Commission seeking a derogation to ditch the three-crop rule for 2018.