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Scotland's barley crop in trouble?
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18 Sep 08 - Here’s an email from a reader in Scotland 

Hi Robert, 

I thought you might like to know how things are here in Scotland (or at least my little bit of it), though I did notice an article in the Financial Times today that backs up my observations.

I live in North Perthshire in the foot hills of the Cairngorms. Admittedly this is on the edge of viable arable farming, but I can’t recall a year when by mid September almost none of the barley crop has been harvested. The crop has been flattened by the constant rain we have had all summer and now grass has begun to grow up through it.

Today, September 17th, dawns another dull drizzly day with no sign of any sunshine. I believe similar summers occurred many years ago during similar periods of low sun spot activity. I can’t pretend that I understand the mechanisms at work, but I don’t think any of the farmers around here are concerned about global warming.

Regards, 
Ceri Phipps



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