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OILSEED RAPE

OSR seed dressing offers hope for flea beetle control

The only oilseed rape insecticide seed dressing with activity against the industry’s most damaging pest, cabbage stem flea beetle, can improve crop autumn establishment and increase yields by nearly 10%.…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How to manage take-all in winter wheat after spring cereals

Growers considering planting winter wheat following spring barley next autumn are being warned of the increased risk from the soil-borne fungus take-all, which can cause yield losses of up 2t/ha…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Six-row hybrid winter barley survives wet autumn

Early winter barley yields are better than expected on James Peck’s Cambridgeshire farm, with the six-row hybrid feed variety Belfry yielding an average of 8.2t/ha. He start cutting his first…

ARABLE

Harvest 2020: Oxford rapeseed grower pleased with 3.5t/ha yield

Oxfordshire grower George Farrant is pleased with his yield of 3.5t/ha from his oilseed rape harvest, and plans a bigger area next season after nearly abandoning the crop. He cut…

PEST MANAGEMENT

4 tips to monitor insect populations to aid pest management

Identifying and monitoring insect populations can benefit growers, providing them with knowledge of the abundance of species on farm so a pest management system can be integrated. Mark Ramsden, senior…

HARVEST

Malting winter barley harvest defies forecast with good yields

Combines started cutting early winter malting barley crops this week across southern England, with yields better than expected after a very difficult growing season. Scattered crops of malting varieties were…

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SOILS

Poll: How would you rate your soil health?

More than one-third or arable growers could be affected by degraded soils, according to a new survey. Scientists at Rothamsted Research have developed a “soil health” measure that shows 38%…

WHEAT

New Zealand farmer breaks wheat yield world record

A New Zealand farmer has broken the world record for the highest wheat yield with a staggering 17.398t/ha crop. Eric Watson from Ashburton has taken the Guinness World Record for…

SOILS

Scientists discover how manure improves soils

Scientists have solved the mystery of why adding organic material like manure to soils improves flood and drought resilience, climate control and crop yields. Founded on more than 50 years’…

HARVEST

Poll: Are you planning to bale more straw?

The effect of extreme weather this growing season has left farmers facing the prospect of a straw shortage later in the year. Autumn and spring cropping plans have been thrown…

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OILSEED RAPE

OSR seed dressing offers hope for flea beetle control

The only oilseed rape insecticide seed dressing with activity against the industry’s most damaging pest, cabbage stem flea beetle, can improve crop autumn establishment and increase yields by nearly 10%.…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How to manage take-all in winter wheat after spring cereals

Growers considering planting winter wheat following spring barley next autumn are being warned of the increased risk from the soil-borne fungus take-all, which can cause yield losses of up 2t/ha…

PEST MANAGEMENT

4 tips to monitor insect populations to aid pest management

Identifying and monitoring insect populations can benefit growers, providing them with knowledge of the abundance of species on farm so a pest management system can be integrated. Mark Ramsden, senior…

SOILS

Fermenting organic matter better for soil than composting

Fermenting organic matter in a similar way to ensiling grass, rather than composting waste, can lead to greater improvements in soil health while at the same time helping farmers to…

CROP SELECTION

Why lupins could make the breakthrough as a break crop

Lupins are finding a home on one Kent family-run farm as a useful spring-sown break crop, with a guaranteed price and a ready market for the protein-rich grain. The leguminous…

COVER CROPS

6 key findings from the AHDB's latest cover crop research

Cover crops are firmly entrenched as a core component of regenerative agriculture, but many growers are finding it difficult to know how to fit them into their rotation or, even…

WHEAT

Biscuit-making wheat varieties vying for top spot autumn 2020

Firefly is set to vie for the top spot with Elicit in biscuit-making winter wheat seed sales this autumn, with growers weighing up its good yield and stiff straw against…

WHEAT

What will be the top-selling wheat varieties this autumn?

Extase is set to overtake Skyfall as the top-selling winter wheat variety this autumn, driven by its good disease resistance, stiff straw and early maturity. Seed trade experts believe the…

VARIETY SELECTION

Why more research is needed for no-till wheat variety picks

More scientific information on how different wheat varieties perform in no-till systems is needed, as growers are having to make selections based on limited data. As the establishment method increases…

SOILS

Tips on getting soils and rotations back on track

After one of the wettest winters on record, it could be assumed that UK arable soils will be in desperate need of first aid before the next cropping season begins.…

VARIETY SELECTION

Why disease is driving winter wheat variety choice

A season-long problem with yellow rust is threatening to unseat some popular winter wheat varieties as growers make their choices for harvest 2021. Finding the disease at the juvenile or…

VARIETY SELECTION

Tips on which winter barley varieties to drill this autumn

Winter barley variety choice continues to expand, with growers having 24 recommended varieties to pick from, spread across three end-use groups – two-row malting, two-row feed and six-row feed. Starting…

VARIETY SELECTION

A guide to the top 6 yielding OSR varieties on the UK list

The five new high-yielding additions to the UK oilseed rape Recommended List all come from the same breeder as Aspire, the existing top performer. Newcomers Acacia, Ambassador, Aurelia, Artemis and…

VARIETY SELECTION

4 wheat varieties with wide drilling windows to consider

The value of wheat varieties with wider drilling windows that allow for later sowing has proved incredibly useful after the wet winter of 2019, offering growers greater flexibility on when…

VARIETY SELECTION

Why stiff-stemmed and early maturing wheat varieties can pay

There is increasing focus on selecting wheat varieties to shave a few pounds off fungicide bills, but growers are undervaluing some other traits like stem stiffness and very early maturity.…

VARIETY SELECTION

5 farmers outline their variety choices for this autumn

In the coming weeks, growers will be making their wheat variety choices, with disease resistance, local market requirements and leftover seed stock all  influencing their selections. The loss of the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Need for a more resilient farming system

With harvest (finally?) here, hopefully we can draw some sort of line under the past 12 months and start the cycle again with the usual optimism that next year will…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Earth-moving contractor solves tree problem

In last month’s column, I remarked on how dry we were. Well, we are now the opposite of dry and that change came a few days early. We have a…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hair and grass both NOT growing well

“Hair and grass both still growing well” was the headline of a recent livestock Farmer Focus piece. Well, if I’m honest, both are a bit patchy here. The grass regularly…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Second heat wave of the year hits

Well, the 75mm of rain in June was certainly appreciated. It saved the day for winter wheats and helped the spring-sown sugar beet and maize – at one stage in…

HARVEST

Farmers on barley and OSR harvest 2020 - photos and tweets

The 2020 oilseed rape harvest is well under way after a drier spell of weather at the weekend, with crops proving very variable, ranging from above average to poor. This…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Six-row hybrid winter barley survives wet autumn

Early winter barley yields are better than expected on James Peck’s Cambridgeshire farm, with the six-row hybrid feed variety Belfry yielding an average of 8.2t/ha. He start cutting his first…

ARABLE

Harvest 2020: Oxford rapeseed grower pleased with 3.5t/ha yield

Oxfordshire grower George Farrant is pleased with his yield of 3.5t/ha from his oilseed rape harvest, and plans a bigger area next season after nearly abandoning the crop. He cut…

HARVEST

Malting winter barley harvest defies forecast with good yields

Combines started cutting early winter malting barley crops this week across southern England, with yields better than expected after a very difficult growing season. Scattered crops of malting varieties were…

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Wheat price rises on lower harvest estimates

Spot feed wheat prices have risen by about £2/t on the week on harvest reports, including downward revisions to expectations for the French and Russian harvests. Following the AHDB’s final…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Fire crews still at Tilbury grain port after explosion and fires

Further fires have followed the damage caused to the Port of Tilbury’s grain operation by an explosion and fire on Friday (3 July).  In the initial incident, the roofs were…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Surge in barley will see crop area almost match wheat

The areas of wheat and barley in Great Britain are set to almost converge after a slump in the wheat area and a sharp rise in spring barley plantings, according…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

ADM oilseed crushing plant remains closed after fire

Following the recent fire at its Erith oilseed crushing plant in Kent, ADM is saying only that will resume operations as quickly as possible. Deliveries of seed are being diverted…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Warburtons swaps Openfield for Frontier as supply partner

Openfield has revealed it has lost its flagship contract supply milling wheat to Warburtons to rival grain trader Frontier. Some 300 growers will be affected by the change, which will…

BUSINESS

Trade terms, subsidies and demand cloud arable outlook

The arable sector is expected to be among the hardest hit by the reduction in subsidy as the UK leaves the CAP regime, says David Eudall, head of arable market…

HARVEST

Poll: Are you planning to bale more straw?

The effect of extreme weather this growing season has left farmers facing the prospect of a straw shortage later in the year. Autumn and spring cropping plans have been thrown…

HARVEST

Cereal growers to bale more straw as market tightens

Cereal growers are planning on baling more straw this harvest, rather than chopping it, as a means of recouping lost income and helping the livestock sector. According to AHDB estimates,…

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Each set of prices comes from a single merchant, co-op or broker, and are the latest prices being paid to farmers. Ranges of prices, within one category relate to the distance of the farm from the buyer. Oilseed rape prices are latest spot and forward prices, not contract prices. Ex farm prices vary with the distance from Hull, Liverpool and Erith, crushing factories.

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CEREAL DRILLS

How to fit a fertiliser kit to a John Deere drill

John Deere’s 750A drill is recognised as being one of the longest-serving no-till seeders used in Europe today. Other smaller manufacturers from around the globe are working hard to grab…

101-200HP

Video: Massey Ferguson's entry-level 5711M on test

Massey Ferguson has enjoyed a fair amount of success in the loader tractor market, with its basic Global Series catering for the keep-it-simple brigade and the comparatively swish S series…

MAIZE DRILLS

Horsch Maestro drill gets new precision metering system

Horsch has added a new Airspeed overpressure metering system to its latest Maestro precision drill models. This gives buyers a choice of singulation setups across the range, with the company…

101-200HP

Autopowr gearbox added to JD's 6M options

John Deere’s popular four-cylinder 6M models are now available with an Autopowr stepless gearbox. However, the company says it won’t be offering the cheaper Directdrive transmission on these models as…