Recent sunshine and showers are causing a stop-start effect on this year’s harvest, as the country heads into spring crops. NFU Scotland growers around the country have been reporting some success with winter barley and small amounts of oilseed rape.

However, the recent poor weather means harvest for rape, wheat and spring barley will now have to be squeezed into the next available window when ground conditions for machinery improve. Sowing winter crops of oilseed rape, wheat and barley may also be delayed.