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Encouraging Excellence Through Competition

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 closing date for the 2017 Cereals Competition is the 12th June
 Turnip & Swede Growing Competition

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 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.

     Pictured: Nicol & Ellis Mutch

 Growing Cereals Competition

The 2016 competition was won by Fraser Middleton 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 judge this year was Grant Reid, Bayer Cropscience. 
Pictured: Fraser Middleton