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HARVEST

First barley crimping harvest gets under way in Devon

The cereal harvest is kicking off with Devon farmer Roger Adams cutting his winter barley and then crimping the high-moisture content crop to feed his beef cattle. In what is…

LAND PREPARATION

Video: Min-till drill-off the highlight of Cereals 2018

Cereals show-goers were treated to a drill-off at this year’s event, giving them chance to see how five different low soil-disturbance systems deal with the challenge of a cover crop.…

WEED MANAGEMENT

How to control weeds when establishing oilseed rape

Controlling weeds in oilseed rape is vital for successful establishment, as the seedlings are vulnerable to competition from vigorous weeds. This is especially the case in a dry autumn when…

SEED-BED PREPARATION

Advice on achieving high OSR yields with good establishment

Establishment is widely recognised as the main challenge when it comes to growing a successful crop of oilseed rape, get it wrong and yield potential is compromised from the start.…

SEED-BED PREPARATION

Pros and cons of 6 different OSR establishment techniques

There is a wide range of establishment methods for oilseed rape and the most suitable technique will depend on soil type, soil conditions, prevailing weather and likely weed and slug…

WHEAT

Kent grower's second wheat crop measures up to first

Good variety selection, improved soils and the use of seed dressings has paid off for Kent grower Terry Metson by keeping take-all at bay and lifting his second wheat yields…

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WEED MANAGEMENT

Spud Watch: Dry weather reduces blight pressure

Seed planting was completed by the end of the first week in June, with the last of the pre-emergence herbicides being applied, at the time of writing. Weed control has been…

VARIETY SELECTION

Barley breeders have BYDV solution to neonic ban

Barley varieties that are tolerant to a key viral disease could help farmers reduce yield losses when growing barley without neonicotinoid seed treatments. Two breeders are investigating barley varieties in…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Variable rapeseed may need pod sealant

Some oilseed rape is beginning to turn but our Crop Watch agronomists are warning pod sealant may be needed this season to deal with second waves of “mini-flowering” and ensure elasticity…

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OILSEED RAPE

How to improve OSR establishment with seed-bed fertiliser

An early application of nutrients, delivered by either a starter or traditional fertiliser product, can help to achieve quick emergence and growth of an oilseed rape crop. At establishment, the…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Top tips on tackling pests when establishing OSR

Pests are particularly troublesome during establishment, as small oilseed rape plants are very vulnerable to attack and severe infestations can wipe out parts of a field. All too often, oilseed…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Why growers must reduce reliance on pesticides

Growers are being urged to highlight the responsible approach they take to crop management – or face the prospect of further restrictions as the government pursues a “green” Brexit. The…

WEED MANAGEMENT

3 grower-led trials that will benefit arable farms

More than 30 groups of farmers are carrying out their own research in the Innovative Farmers initiative, on topics ranging from electrical weeding to improving soil health. Richard Allison picks…

WHEAT

Top quality wheats may cut imports and reduce Brexit risks

Britain’s biggest flour miller, Whitworths, is urging wheat growers to produce very high quality grain which could replace imports and help shield them from the uncertainties of Brexit. The privately-owned…

WEED MANAGEMENT

How to manage disease in sugar beet crops

An Essex sugar beet grower hopes to recapture his high yielding ways and produce one of the UK’s top-yielding fields, by focusing on disease and weed control in the coming…

WHEAT

Why fusarium risk is rising in wheat and how to manage it

With rising incidence of fusarium ear blight and changes to mycotoxin legal limits on the horizon, experts are advising wheat growers to adopt a more water-tight, integrated approach to minimising…

SOILS

Beef cattle improve soil health on Notts arable farm

Nottinghamshire farmer Trevor Needham is successfully using beef cattle to improve the health of his hungry sandland soils, lifting cereal yields in the process. Bringing grass leys into the rotation…

WHEAT

T3 spray tips for battling ear blight in wheat

A lot of effort has gone into managing wheat crops during this difficult spring. However, getting the T3 spray wrong could undo much of this good work and put income…

WHEAT

Direct drilling is within reach for one organic grower

Oxfordshire grower James Alexander hopes to increase yields while drastically cutting his diesel bill by switching to direct drilling across his 323ha of organic cropping. The direct drilling advocate already…

OILSEED RAPE

OSR growers focus on costs and yields for next season

With oilseed rape crops taking advantage of the much-needed May sunshine, our four growers taking part in our OSR Masters series are keeping a close eye on crop progress as…

WHEAT

Blackgrass battle looks winnable for Suffolk grower

Suffolk grower Andrew Colchester has taken a big step towards banishing blackgrass on his farm by radically changing his cultivation strategy and beefing up his herbicide programme. He had seen…

ROTATIONS

Why growing triticale can help you earn more

Triticale's ability to out-yield other crops as a second cereal, combined with growing markets like anaerobic digestion, means it is worth another look for the coming season, say researchers. AHDB-funded…

WHEAT

How one farmer slashed fertiliser and fungicide use in wheat

The cost of wheat disease control has been rocketing over recent years, with some farms now using five or even six fungicide applications to protect yield. Unhappy with being dragged down…

POTATOES

Video: Early potato harvest start is worst for 40 years

Brothers Peter and Philip Le Maistre are sixth-generation Jersey farmers and for them this potato season has been the worst since covering spuds with plastic started to be used on…

VARIETY SELECTION

High-yielding OSR variety helps growers fight disease

Oilseed rape growers now have a high-yielding option that offers resistance to the turnip yellows virus, which can reduce yields by up to 30%. Architect is the only variety on…

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WEED MANAGEMENT

Spud Watch: Dry weather reduces blight pressure

Seed planting was completed by the end of the first week in June, with the last of the pre-emergence herbicides being applied, at the time of writing. Weed control has been…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Variable rapeseed may need pod sealant

Some oilseed rape is beginning to turn but our Crop Watch agronomists are warning pod sealant may be needed this season to deal with second waves of “mini-flowering” and ensure elasticity…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Crop Watch: Rust pressure remains high in wheat

The improved weather in recent weeks has seen wheat fungicide timings get back on schedule with the T3 ear sprays being currently applied. However, the rust threat remains high, as…

WHEAT

Crop Watch: Higher levels of loose smut in barley

A warmer than average May has seen crops motor through their growth stages and help reduce disease pressure north of the border. Even after a strange spring, there are still some surprises…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Spud Watch: Warm May soils lead to rapid crop growth

What a difference a month makes – and if it is dry and relatively sunny, it’s even more pronounced. There has been a flurry of activity all along the Moray…

WHEAT

Crop Watch: Beans and linseed face pest onslaught

As June arrives, the disease and pest threats continue to occupy our agronomists’ minds with concerns of brown rust growing in the South. Flea beetles are hammering linseed crops in…

CROP WATCH

Spud Watch: Tricky spring sees variable emergence

Spring has arrived and planting has continued non-stop since my last report. Soil conditions have generally improved, although some poorly timed cultivations have led to wet soils drying out like…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Crop Watch: Bolting beans and drought stress

The large swings in temperature and rainfall in recent weeks are taking their toll. With memories of flooded fields still fresh in the mind, some crops are now showing signs…

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Is now the right time to buy new machinery?

What a difference a prolonged spell of dry weather makes to the farm and, indeed, my mood. I don’t think I have ever known crops to go through their growth…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Air pollution diktat will reduce us to gardeners

Watching the replica HMS Endeavour sail back into its spiritual home, the harbour of Whitby, in early June made me think how far we have come in the 250 years…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: For conservation done properly, ask a farmer

Following recent rainfall our crops have all switched to “fast forward” and, helped by the warm temperatures, have raced through growth stages. We are now back on track for a…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Winter cereals are playing hopscotch

Congratulations to my daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Guy on the birth of Oliver, a baby brother for Jessica. He made a somewhat late arrival, but weighed in at 8lbs 13oz…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Volunteer barley springs up in wheat

May is a fantastic time of year if you are fortunate enough to live and work in the countryside and I am seeing more wildlife than ever on a daily…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Crops play catch-up after a late spring

We completed our spring barley drilling on 8 May and the development of all crops since then has been extremely rapid, with a late season now back to normal timings.…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Come and see what’s new at Cereals 2018

The farming year races on and most crops have almost caught up, although sugar beet has a lot of growing to do with drilling this year stretching into early May.…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Will abandoning plough before potatoes work?

I’m writing this looking across Lake Garda while on a week’s break. When this trip was booked I fully expected that the bulk of the spring workload would have been…

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FARM ENERGY

Threat to biofuel market defeated by farm lobby groups

A looming threat to cereal and rapeseed prices has been stopped after plans to cut the use of crop-based biofuels in the transport sector was abandoned by European politicians. A…

FINANCE

6 ways arable farms can reduce business risk

Insufficient income and tight cashflows remain the main problems on many arable farms, particularly when viewed against the likely tightening of support payments. The pressure points businesses will face over…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Grain prices rise on weather worries

Dry weather in some key grain producing areas around the world is pushing domestic prices ever higher. Between £145/t and £164/t ex-farm was being offered for new crop UK feed…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Can the grain price rises of recent weeks continue?

A large-scale weather scare in a major producer can often trigger an upturn in grain prices on the back of a tangible risk to grain supplies. At other times it…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Tight supply and currency push grain prices higher

UK grain prices rose across the board in the week to Friday (11 May), driven by currency and tightening stocks in the final few weeks of the old crop year.…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Tight grain market ups premiums and pulls in imports

A stronger pound and tight end-of-season supplies have combined to draw wheat imports into the UK. The breadmaking wheat premium has doubled to almost £10/t over the past four weeks,…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

'Persevere with spring bean plans until the end of April'

Spring bean growers questioning whether to change cropping plans because of late drilling dates are being advised to persevere if they can get the seed in the ground by the…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Website launched to help farmers reduce crop waste

An entrepreneur is setting up an online marketplace to try and add value to crops which have been rejected by retailers despite being fine for human consumption. Rupert Lawrie came…

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Jul '18 148.15 -0.85
Nov '18 154.75 -1.90
Jan '19 157.40 -1.95
Mar '19 159.90 -2.00
May '19 161.20 -1.85
Jul '19 159.30 -1.45
Nov '19 154.95 -1.10
Jan '20 156.95 -1.10

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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
June 175.27 2.36 159.00 1.15 143.56 0.75 290.92 1.16 188.00 - 160.17 - 165.67 -
July 177.38 1.74 160.54 0.23 134.10 1.19 286.20 2.91 189.00 - 162.17 - 167.67 -
August 167.18 4.38 153.38 3.46 134.62 0.23 286.00 2.00 190.00 - 164.17 - 169.67 -

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MACHINERY

Cereals 2018: Pick of drills and cultivation kit

The Cereals event returned to its regular southern haunt at Chrishall Grange, Cambridgeshire this week. Farmers Weekly’s Machinery team headed down the drills and cultivation isle to pick out some highlights.…

SPRAYERS

Video: Machinery highlights from Cereals 2018

The Farmers Weekly machinery team headed to the southern site for the annual Cereals show, this year at Chrishall Grange in Cambridgeshire. Although several machinery manufacturers scaled back their stands,…

TRACTORS

Video: 400hp reverse-drive Valtra S-series on test

Valtra has finally let its heavyweight S-series loose on the 400hp tractor scene and, armed with lorry loads of torque, a proven driveline and a redesigned cab, promises to unsettle…

TRACTORS

High-hour Horsepower: JD 6610 on fleet frontline

Mint condition John Deere 10-series tractors are now fetching close to their as-new price, but that hasn’t deterred one young contractor from running a high-houred 6610 on the frontline of…