Merchants keen to secure supplies of group 3 wheats for the domestic biscuit and export markets are offering retrospective buy-back contracts for 2011 harvest.
The latest of these is from Peterborough firm Dalmark Grain, which is offering a min-max contract on Tuxedo and other group 3s grown from seed originally supplied by the company. Two more large merchants are expected to launch similar contracts shortly.
Growers can fix the base feed price element of the Dalmark contract at any time but the premium only has to be fixed once the grower is sure of achieving the quality. Contracts are for a set tonnage of a named variety.
“We’re still getting very strong demand from a number of mills who want soft wheats so we’re looking to try and secure a good volume of grain for them,” said Chris Tye, Dalmark’s farm business manager, who is looking for supply across all group 3 varieties.
Based on seed sales group 3s will account for 16% of the wheat area in the UK this year and while this is an increase on 2010, it is well down on the 46% sown in 2006, 37% in 2007 and 27% in 2008.