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Harvest: Yields and quality variable as harvest moves north

Wheat and spring barley crops are very variable across the country, with protein issues in Wiltshire and nitrogen problems in Norfolk. Lincolnshire Spring barley harvest has just started in Lincolnshire,…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Hampshire spring barley yield surprises

Hampshire grower Chris Allen is delighted with the early 7.5t/ha yield of his Laureate spring malting barley variety, with June rain saving the crop after a severe spring drought. He…

PEST MANAGEMENT

New app aids accurate slug pellet application

A new online tool aiming to improve accuracy of slug pellet applications is now available, allowing operators to effectively set up uniform and precise pellet doses. The app, named Calibration…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Dry spell needed for harvest to start

What a strange climate we live and try to farm in. In previous pieces this year I was concerned about drought. Cereals were standing still and potato farmers were irrigating.…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Poor straw yields and Cornish OSR high

The mixed fortunes of harvest continues with many farmers seeing grain and straw yields well below their farm average, while at the other extreme, one Cornish farm has recorded its…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Variable yields and 6-row barleys fall short

Harvest is moving on across the country, with a continuing trend of yield variability but with quality largely exceeding expectations. Six-row barleys, however, are so far proving to be disappointing.…

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HARVEST

AHDB trials show variable winter barley and OSR yields

The AHDB Recommended List harvest results show very variable yields in winter barley and oilseed rape crops as a result of the challenging season, with yields well below average. Wet…

ARABLE

France to lift neonics ban to save beet industry

The French government is planning to lift a blanket ban on the use of neonicotinoids to help save its sugar beet industry. Sugar beet crops in France have been ravaged…

OTHER CROPS

Vital desiccant secured for linseed seed growers

Growers of linseed seed in England have the opportunity to protect the quality and yield of their crops thanks to the emergency authorisation of a desiccant. The withdrawal of diquat…

OILSEED RAPE

Essex grower gives OSR final roll of the dice

One Essex grower is giving oilseed rape one last try and upping his establishment costs by adding a companion crop to deflect pest pressure during the early growing season. Many…

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ARABLE

Suffolk farm tests 5 technologies for post-Brexit future

The first in a regional network of Helix demonstration farms, Suffolk host farmer Tom Jewers is working alongside agronomy company Hutchinsons to test the value and benefits of new technologies…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Lincolnshire grower sees basis for future success

Henry Hickling returned to his family’s Lincolnshire farm eager to stay up to date with all the latest technology to help improve soil health and the environment and so he…

AWARDS

Farmers Weekly Awards: Arable farmer finalists 2020

While the three finalists run very different cropping systems, they all have diverse rotations, a drive to improve efficiency and are looking to get their arable businesses ready for life…

OTHER CROPS

Why one Scottish light land estate has opted to grow rye

Hybrid rye is replacing wheat and barley on one light land Perthshire estate as it has a higher yield and lower inputs, while satisfying a growing thirst for rye whisky.…

COVER CROPS

5 top grower mistakes with cover crops and how to avoid them

Grow cover crops effectively and they can increase soil organic matter, cycle nutrients, protect soils from erosion and increase profitability. Get it wrong and you may see poorer establishment from…

DRILLING

The big question: Drill wheat early or late this autumn?

The very wet winter of 2019 left many wheat growers struggling to get crops in the ground, particularly those who opted for delayed drilling for blackgrass control. Based on that…

VARIETY SELECTION

Can wheat blends raise yields and cut disease control costs?

Growing different blends of wheat varieties can increase yields while reducing disease pressure, enabling farmers to cut the number of fungicide applications, suggests new Danish research. The landmark research, carried out by…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: The 5 top-yielding winter barley varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2020’s AHDB winter barley Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

OILSEED RAPE

Video: Harvest on carbon-neutral OSR grower's farm

Duncan Farrington, an arable farmer in Northamptonshire, who produced the world’s first carbon- and plastic-neutral food product, has now completed harvest of his 36ha of rapeseed where the hybrid variety…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How the new Monitor Farm plans to scrutinise cropping costs

The AHDB’s new Wisbech Monitor Farm hosts, father and son Andrew and Sam Melton, are focusing on the challenges to profitability as they start their three-year stint as part of…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Hants grower focuses on sustainable farming as support fades

Hampshire farm manager Andy Bason is looking to improve his sustainable farming practices with a focus on soil health in preparation for the ending of direct farm subsidies. He is…

OILSEED RAPE

Longer rotations and soil moisture at heart of OSR success

Suffolk grower Samuel Steward grows his oilseed rape crop in a six-year rotation and is achieving yields of more than 4t/ha with a firm focus on drilling seed into adequate…

BLACKGRASS

Why farmers should tailor blackgrass strategies to dormancy

Trials being carried out at a blackgrass research site in Cambridgeshire show that farmers can gain extra control of blackgrass with their integrated approach by taking seed dormancy results into…

HARVEST AND CROP STORAGE

How spearmint oil fits into potato sprout control programmes

Spearmint oil has the potential to play a more prominent role in sprout control programmes post-CIPC, but users must prepare stores adequately to ensure success. Marketed by Kent-based Juno Plant…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

What research is being done to tackle virus yellows in beet

High levels of virus yellows are starting to show in sugar beet crops following what one sugar beet expert calls “unprecedented levels of aphids” during spring. Aphids were migrating from…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmers can benefit from new way of paying agronomists

Farmers will soon be able to share the production risk of their arable crops with their agronomist using the country’s first payment-by-results agronomy service. Up to now, agronomic advice in…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Where has the winter gone?

Last month I wrote that the weather had come in wet after a prolonged dry spell. Well, that week of wet was about it for our winter. The ground is…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Dry spell needed for harvest to start

What a strange climate we live and try to farm in. In previous pieces this year I was concerned about drought. Cereals were standing still and potato farmers were irrigating.…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Cover crops key to manage weather extremes

It is winter in South Africa, and a cold one at that. Winter is our dry season, so not much grows now – it is either too cold or too…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Winter barley yields fall, but wheat is average

The winter barley report card is in. Much as expected, there's not a lot of grain or straw, and yields are 30% down on our five-year average. The cost of…

HARVEST

Harvest: Yields and quality variable as harvest moves north

Wheat and spring barley crops are very variable across the country, with protein issues in Wiltshire and nitrogen problems in Norfolk. Lincolnshire Spring barley harvest has just started in Lincolnshire,…

WHEAT

Video: Wolverine wheat looks good in BYDV battle

The first wheat variety with resistance to an important aphid-spread disease is showing a yield of more than 10t/ha in Kent, with some seed available for growers this autumn. The…

HARVEST

AHDB trials show variable winter barley and OSR yields

The AHDB Recommended List harvest results show very variable yields in winter barley and oilseed rape crops as a result of the challenging season, with yields well below average. Wet…

NEWS

Thunderstorms threaten to disrupt challenging harvest

Severe thunderstorms are expected to disrupt an already challenging harvest, with flash floods affecting some areas. The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for much of the UK…

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MARKETS AND TRENDS

Grain prices under pressure in mixed harvest news

Grain prices have weakened this week in a mixed picture for harvest outlooks and results. The 2020 London November feed wheat futures contract was at £163.25/t at lunchtime on Friday…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Merchants ditch on-farm grain sampling over safety concerns

Merchants are stopping sending grain samplers to farms because of safety concerns, pushing responsibility for drawing samples back to the grower and their staff. The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) announced…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Oilseed rape prices drop back slightly as harvest progresses

Oilseed rape prices came under downward pressure in the second half of this week. This put August ex-farm values on Friday (31 July) around the regions at an average £327.70/t.…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Huge surge in UK grain exports confirmed

Grain exports from the 2019 harvest far outstripped the pace of the previous year, fresh data from HMRC has confirmed. More than 1.14m tonnes of wheat left the UK between…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

No deal risk rises, adding uncertainty across farming sectors

No deal with both the EU and US is looming larger, raising the risk of trade chaos from 1 January as importers and exporters grapple with a new regime that…

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…

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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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MAIZE DRILLS

Flexible wheel helps seed placement on Vaderstad Tempo

A new rubber wheel to help seed-to-soil contact at high sowing speeds has been added to Vaderstad’s Tempo maize drills. The Prostop wheel has rubber spokes to help press the…

COMBINES

Latest Claas straw-walker models to rival rotary outputs

Hot on the heels of last year’s hybrid Lexion launch, Claas has introduced revamped versions of its premium-spec five- and six-walker combines. The 5000 and 6000 machines will replace the…

CULTIVATORS

Dewulf bulks out SC range with new 3.6m cultivator

Potato kit specialist Dewulf has added a 3.6m model to its SC cultivator line up that can prepare four 90cm beds. It is designed to be carried on the tractor's…

CHASER BINS

Diverse workload justifies huge self-propelled chaser

Last winter's biblically wet sugar beet harvest had growers frantically scrabbling to get crops out of the field and, for Nigel Harrison, it was the nudge he needed to invest…