The first combines across the UK are starting to roll with winter barley being cut in south west Scotland for crimping.
Contractor, Stuart McClymont is harvesting September-drilled KWS Cassia winter barley in Port Logan.
He says: “It is cutting well at 30 per cent moisture and yielding 3.5 tonnes per acre.”
Mr McClymont’s father who has been a contractor for 30 years in the area says it is the earliest he has ever seen the combines out.
Mr McClymont adds: “We had a wet winter and it has been very dry since March. This stuff is going to be used to feed beef cattle and the straw will be baled for winter bedding.”