The North East has a significant proportion of Scotland’s arable cropping land. The Society encourages good crop husbandry through two annual competitions, one for growing cereals and one for growing turnips and swedes. Valuable confidential feedback about the opinion of the judges and the scoring of each crop is given to all entries so that they may compare their crops with all the others entered and further improve their own techniques. The projects have attracted wide support and healthy rivalry for the trophies and prize money. Special awards are given for young farmers and for crops in Less Favoured Areas.
The 2017 competition was won by Niall Mustard of Cloves, Alves, Forres. The winning crop of Kenmore variety scored high in yield (67.24 tonnes/acre), uniformity, soundness of bulb and freedom from disease, pest damage and weeds.
The competition is sponsored by Murray Duguid Seed Merchants, Oldmeldrum and was judged by Sandy Duguid, Ian Moir and Graeme Christie. Awards are gained for yield and crop management.
The 2017 competition was won by Alan Grant of Skillymarno, Strichen. Mr Grant farms 700 acres alongside brother David and nephew Scott. The winning crop was a 65 acre field of Propino spring feed barley.
Second place went to G and B Walker, Newton of Lewesk, Old Rayne, with a crop of Planet spring feed barley.
The 2016 competition was won by Nicol Mutch, Burnside of Whitefield, Forglen with a crop of Airlie turnips sown on the flat. Second place was awarded to Nicol's older brother, Ellis Mutch.
The 2016 competition was won by Fraser Middleton (pictured above) who farms at Balbegno, Fettercairn alongside his father, Jim, and son, Scott, with their crop of Tower winter barley. The competition is sponsored by Agrii and the 2016 judge was Grant Reid, Bayer Cropscience.