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Harvest 2019: Barley yield prospects rise with Welsh 10t/ha

Merchants are reporting better than expected winter barley yields as combines start to roll across southern England and Wales, with one Welsh grower reporting his best barley yield. Philip Darke,…

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Harvest 2019: Warwick OSR shows good yields after beetle battle

Warwickshire grower and contractor Paul Wilson is seeing good oilseed rape yields after a tough battle with cabbage stem flea beetle throughout a growing season hit by long stretches of…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Barley returns worse than the 1980s

Farming is a much easier and pleasant occupation when the weather is being co-operative. For the second year in a row, I have saved some good hay. It is unusual…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Good yields seen for six-row barley in Suffolk

Winter barley harvest was racing head on one big Suffolk Breckland estate over the weekend, with the farm manager happy with the yield following a very dry spring. Six-row hybrid…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Oilseed rape combining starts in Kent

Oilseed rape harvest kicked off in Kent over the weekend, with yields slowly improving as combines move through crops and on to better-quality land. James Loder-Symonds started cutting the variety…

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Harvest 2019: OSR crop abandoned after flea beetle damage

Lincolnshire grower Malc Parr is set to dramatically cut back his oilseed rape area next season after having to abandon and flail part of his crop this month due to…

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ENVIRONMENT

Biotech crops can help mitigate climate change, say experts

Rapid advances made by the crop biotechnology sector offer huge benefits for farmers, the economy and the environment, say plant breeders. New breeding technologies – including using molecular methods to…

OILSEED RAPE

Northern premium rapeseed growers to gain from new store

Oilseed rape growers in northern England who supply the food-quality rapeseed market will soon be able to benefit from lower transport costs by using a new store in South Durham.…

AWARDS

Farmers Weekly Awards: Mixed farmer finalists 2019

Building a more resilient business which is better able to weather market volatility is the key driver for our three finalists this year, with multiple profitable enterprises putting the candidates…

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PEST MANAGEMENT

How a grower uses cultivations and tech to kill slugs

Slugs have been a major headache for North Yorkshire grower Graham Potter since he switched from a plough-based crop establishment system to direct drilling. But with proactive implementation of integrated…

SOILS

Grower slashes inputs with soils focus and variety blends

An interest in soil health was the starting point for major changes made to Angus Gowthorpe’s mixed farming system in Yorkshire, the results of which have slashed establishment time and…

WEED MANAGEMENT

How to get effective weed control when using flufenacet

Pre-emergence grassweed herbicide programmes based on flufenacet must be supplemented by cultural measures this autumn, after resistance testing confirmed reduced sensitivity to the active ingredient in blackgrass. For growers, this…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Beet growers to stay vigilant amid reports of virus yellows

Sugar beet growers are being urged to remain vigilant amid the first reports of a forgotten disease, with monitoring highlighting the much higher aphid pressure in fields this summer. Virus…

VARIETY SELECTION

Which feed wheat varieties to grow in your region

Group 4 feed wheats are well known as the barn-busters, delivering high yields, and the two additions to the AHDB Recommended List bring even more output. Both Skyscraper and Spotlight…

VARIETY SELECTION

Which bread- and biscuit-making wheat varieties to grow

Group 1 and 2 milling wheats account for more than one-third of the total British wheat area, and with two new additions to the Recommended List, growers have nine varieties…

VARIETY SELECTION

Tips on picking the right winter barley variety

Winter barley growers are spoilt for choice this autumn, with the largest range of varieties on the AHDB Recommended List for some years. Of the 24 varieties, there are a…

VARIETY SELECTION

A regional guide to OSR variety choices for autumn 2019

Choosing the right oilseed variety is becoming increasingly important for growers across Britain, as they look to reduce the risk of a costly crop failure resulting from its many regional challenges.…

MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

What to consider when choosing crops to drill this autumn

Wheat and oilseed rape are the winners in terms of gross margin, but both crops are coming under greater scrutiny, forcing growers to look at other options this autumn.  For…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Three low-cost ways to increase pollinators on farm

Wild pollinators help contribute £690m a year to UK food production and are crucial for the health of arable crops. While common species are showing signs of stability, other rarer…

PLOUGHING AND CULTIVATION

Why no-till is profitable despite having a yield penalty

As machinery costs are the main driver of arable profit, no-till farms can afford to produce 1t/ha less wheat than their more conventional counterparts. Speaking at the Groundswell event in June, accountant…

ESTABLISHMENT

Practical tips for growers sticking with oilseed rape

Farmers reluctant to grow oilseed rape again after a terrible year for establishment are being offered plenty of advice and incentives to stick with the crop ahead of the new…

HARVEST

Two diquat alternatives trialled in linseed

Two alternatives to diquat for desiccating linseed crops are currently being trialled, with the aim of being available to growers for harvest 2020. Linseed growers currently only have two options…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How grower targets fish food market and weeds with bean crop

Martin Lines has benefited from growing beans – not only because there is an increasing demand for home-grown protein crops, but also as it has helped him nearly stamp out…

BARLEY

Scots barley growers work together to supply one distillery

A group of Scottish malting barley growers is banding together to supply the needs of one malt whisky distillery to put them in a good position if the scotch cycle…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: What UK growers can learn from global pioneers

The Farmers Weekly theatre at this year’s Cereals event in Lincolnshire showcased three farmers and an agronomist from around the world who are pushing the boundaries of crop production. Advice…

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Harvest 2019: Barley yield prospects rise with Welsh 10t/ha

Merchants are reporting better than expected winter barley yields as combines start to roll across southern England and Wales, with one Welsh grower reporting his best barley yield. Philip Darke,…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Warwick OSR shows good yields after beetle battle

Warwickshire grower and contractor Paul Wilson is seeing good oilseed rape yields after a tough battle with cabbage stem flea beetle throughout a growing season hit by long stretches of…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Good yields seen for six-row barley in Suffolk

Winter barley harvest was racing head on one big Suffolk Breckland estate over the weekend, with the farm manager happy with the yield following a very dry spring. Six-row hybrid…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Oilseed rape combining starts in Kent

Oilseed rape harvest kicked off in Kent over the weekend, with yields slowly improving as combines move through crops and on to better-quality land. James Loder-Symonds started cutting the variety…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Barley returns worse than the 1980s

Farming is a much easier and pleasant occupation when the weather is being co-operative. For the second year in a row, I have saved some good hay. It is unusual…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Crops protected with wider firebreak

It is winter in South Africa and where I farm, winter is characterised by absolutely no rain, very cold frosty nights and warm sunny days.  Winters here would be quite…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: First Open Farm Sunday attracts 719 visitors

Crops responded well to the recent moisture, which arrived just in time. Craft winter barley could well be cut by the time you read this and the oilseed rape will…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Sticking with OSR for now

Defra minister Michael Gove won a few more friends up in North Yorkshire when he made a recent whistle-stop visit to the Fera facilities near York. The secretary of state…

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MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Buoyant market for organic cereals offers opportunities

A buoyant market for UK-grown organic grains and pulses means there are good opportunities for profitable organic arable production, according to Organic Farmers and Growers (OF&G). Steven Jacobs, business development…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Wheat prices under pressure as continental combines roll

Wheat prices have fallen by about £5/t in the past week, as harvest makes better progress than expected in other European countries. Better weather in the US has raised hopes…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Arable industry revives electronic grain passport debate

Arable farmers, merchants and processors have returned to the negotiating table after a two-year hiatus in a fresh bid to reach an agreement on the introduction of electronic grain passports.…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Standing straw prices significantly down on 2018 values

The first standing straw auctions of 2019 have seen prices drop back in some cases by more than half from the highs of last year. Tom Mellor, associate with Greenslade…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

UK fruit and veg trade worth £2.2bn a year – Defra

The UK fruit and vegetable sectors have shown strong growth in values with total trade worth more than £2.2bn in 2017, according to Defra statistics. For vegetables, the value of…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Markets analysis: cropping margins for 2020

Current market conditions offer a strong incentive to plant wheat for harvest 2020. The gross margin for winter milling wheat is once again one of the strongest at £737/ha, based…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Nervous grain market moving daily

New-crop grain markets are nervous, with London November feed wheat futures up £1.95/t yesterday (17 June) to £156.70/t and down to £155/t this morning. Ex-farm prices are simply following futures…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Further feed price rises unlikely, despite US maize issues

Livestock feed prices are unlikely to rise above last year’s levels despite recent increases in global crop prices, as plentiful supplies of wheat and barley in the EU and Russia…

Future prices

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Month Price Changeinprice
Jul '19 145.45y -
Nov '19 148.70 -1.55
Jan '20 150.95 -1.55
Mar '20 153.20 -1.55
May '20 154.45 -1.55
Jul '20 160.30 -1.55
Nov '20 149.95 -1.55
Jan '21 153.55 -1.55

Spot and forward prices

Local, spot & forward prices (£/t) ex-farm - updated every Wednesday and Friday
Grains, oilseeds and pulses
Month Milling Wheat Feed Wheat Feed Barley Oilseed Rape Micronising Peas Feed Peas Beans
July 164.78 4.31 140.69 5.16 119.33 0.98 309.82 3.59 298.00 - 203.00 - 246.00 -
August 155.86 0.43 136.43 2.86 118.58 1.04 309.65 2.50 299.00 - 204.00 - 247.00 -
September 159.18 2.09 138.00 3.46 120.25 0.37 314.19 4.50 290.00 3.00 195.00 0.83 200.00 2.00

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CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Monster 12m cultivator added to Kuhn Optimer range

Two new disc cultivators, including a huge 12m version, have been added to Kuhn’s Optimer range. The 9m and 12m versions will join the 4m, 5m, 6m, and 7.5m machines…

CULTIVATORS

Agricast builds bolt-on disc gangs for Simba harrows

Lincolnshire firm Agricast has strengthened its association with Simba cultivators by offering bolt-on disc gangs for all types of the defunct maker's disc harrows. Apparently, many customers have been unable…

TECHNOLOGY

Bobcat designs remote control system for skidsteer loaders

Bobcat has unveiled a nifty new remote control system for its compact loaders that allows operators to leave their cab and control the machine remotely. The kit is compatible with…

CEREAL DRILLS

Pottinger Aerosem drills save seed with part-width shut-off

Pottinger has added a part-width shut-off system to its mounted Aerosem drills that works to a virtual boundary and switches off 1m sections in sequence until the ground is covered.…