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OILSEED RAPE

Kent grower shares secret to rapeseed world-record yield

Drilling oilseed rape late to avoid pest damage and adverse weather has helped Kent grower Richard Budd break the rapeseed yield world record. Farming with his father, David, at Stevens…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Grain testing project aims to improve crop nutrition

Farmers and agronomists could soon benefit from a new Adas initiative aimed at improving crop nutrition, by testing grain and benchmarking results. Work carried out as part of the Yield…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How to control phoma disease in oilseed rape crops

Phoma stem canker is a highly damaging disease in oilseed rape, with Fera Science's CropMonitor estimating losses at £100m each season in the UK. Early-season epidemics are capable of decimating…

CROP SELECTION

Canary seed offers low cost alternative crop for growers

Canary seed could offer an alternative option for growers looking for a niche cereal that is simple to establish, has low input costs and is easy to harvest. The crop…

PEST MANAGEMENT

OSR defoliation tackles flea beetle but yields suffer

Topping or grazing oilseed rape with sheep over winter can reduce flea beetle larvae numbers by up to 44%, according to new research. The trial by Innovative Farmers saw eight…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Early N is first step in rescuing waterlogged wheat crops

Applying early nitrogen (N) and phosphate fertiliser to wheat crops is the starting point for nursing them back to health, as farmers look to minimise the effect of waterlogging on…

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WHEAT

Hybrid wheat on Syngenta’s radar for UK growers

Syngenta is developing hybrid wheat that could be available in five years and provide a sustainable future for growing the crop in the UK. The plant breeder is working on…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Wheat growers set to benefit from new herbicide this spring

Winter wheat growers who failed to apply a herbicide in the wet autumn will have a new spray option this spring to control both grassweeds and broad-leaved weeds. Pacifica Plus…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Growers challenged to beat Adas experts in fungicide contest

An annual wheat fungicide margin challenge opens again this spring. Entrants are invited to devise an innovative spray programme with the highest margin over fungicide cost. The competition, which is…

OILSEED RAPE

Scientists explore growing organic rapeseed in Scotland

Growing organic oilseed rape in Scotland is being explored by a group of scientists and farmers, which could lead to a new premium-earning cropping opportunity for arable farms north of…

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NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How to avoid the top 3 micronutrient deficiencies in cereals

Needed in such finite quantities, micronutrients can be easily overlooked as another expense, with deficiencies putting cereal yields at risk as well as leading to crops that are more susceptible…

OILSEED RAPE

Kent grower shares secret to rapeseed world-record yield

Drilling oilseed rape late to avoid pest damage and adverse weather has helped Kent grower Richard Budd break the rapeseed yield world record. Farming with his father, David, at Stevens…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Grain testing project aims to improve crop nutrition

Farmers and agronomists could soon benefit from a new Adas initiative aimed at improving crop nutrition, by testing grain and benchmarking results. Work carried out as part of the Yield…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How to control phoma disease in oilseed rape crops

Phoma stem canker is a highly damaging disease in oilseed rape, with Fera Science's CropMonitor estimating losses at £100m each season in the UK. Early-season epidemics are capable of decimating…

CROP SELECTION

Canary seed offers low cost alternative crop for growers

Canary seed could offer an alternative option for growers looking for a niche cereal that is simple to establish, has low input costs and is easy to harvest. The crop…

PEST MANAGEMENT

OSR defoliation tackles flea beetle but yields suffer

Topping or grazing oilseed rape with sheep over winter can reduce flea beetle larvae numbers by up to 44%, according to new research. The trial by Innovative Farmers saw eight…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Early N is first step in rescuing waterlogged wheat crops

Applying early nitrogen (N) and phosphate fertiliser to wheat crops is the starting point for nursing them back to health, as farmers look to minimise the effect of waterlogging on…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Miscanthus fuels Norfolk grower's desire to improve soil

Adam Brewer has turned to growing miscanthus to improve his soils and the environment, while also giving him a profitable low-input crop for his north Norfolk farm. The crop will…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How to avoid the top 5 nutrient deficiencies in OSR

Correcting micronutrient deficiencies in oilseed rape can raise yields by an average 0.3t/ha, according to trials, helping growers get even more from a crop that is proving to be increasingly…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

OSR yields rise after fertiliser cut by 30% on Shropshire farm

Shropshire grower Matthew Williams has increased his oilseed rape yields while also cutting his fertiliser costs by fully utilising the residual nitrogen in his soil. Mr Williams’ OSR yields increased…

BARLEY

How to grow a 10t/ha-plus malting spring barley crop

Norfolk grower Alex Wilcox grew a bumper 10t/ha-plus malting spring barley crop in 2019, using low seed rates and early drilling to achieve monster grain ears at harvest. His barley…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How trials are helping two farmers maximise crop margins

Managing risk is the key objective for both AHDB’s two Strategic Cereals Farm hosts, as they look to use some of their on-farm trial lessons to manage crops affected by…

MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Winter barley abandoned for triticale on Shropshire farm

A Shropshire grower is swapping to triticale this spring after a wet autumn prevented him from drilling more than half of his winter barley area. With its tolerance to drought,…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How a YEN winner grew top-yielding wheat and OSR crops

Award-winning winter wheat and oilseed rape yields are being produced by Lincolnshire grower Mark Stubbs from a farm that just six years ago was seeing yields being strangled by a bad blackgrass…

IRRIGATION

How irrigation is changing on an AHDB potato demo farm

The economic and environmental costs associated with irrigating 440ha of potatoes at AHDB’s Strategic Potato (Spot) Farm North prompted a rethink on the best way to maintain product quality in…

PULSES

Low-vicine feed bean guarantees premium for Yorkshire grower

Farm manager Robert Yardley added low-vicine beans into his rotation for the first time last season to ensure he achieves a good price for his spring bean crop. Mr Yardley…

 
 

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Considering an organic pop-up golf course

The wet weather continues, and without a frost. Thus means that to date, we have not been able to pull through any of our min-tilled land that is waiting for…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: It was a different farming world in 1968

At the beginning of 2019 I hoped for a drier, warmer spring, more rain in early summer and a dry harvest. The first six months actually were almost ideal, but…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: My wish for the perfect lorry driver came true

A year ago I wrote a very tongue-in-cheek piece about my wishes for the perfect lorry driver. Today I have loaded some beans for Frontier and I can say it…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Thankful for my plough and combi drill system

Another calendar year has begun. Will it be a good one? Only time will tell. It will certainly be an interesting one. As things stand we have got a very…

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Grain prices rise as concern grows for UK crops

Grain prices are rising on the back of increases in global markets, alongside growing concerns for the UK’s crops in the ground and those yet to be drilled. Old-crop UK…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Profits up at Openfield but down at Grainco

Grain marketing co-operative Openfield Group has reported a pre-tax profit increase of more than 10% on the year after focusing on improved service to farmers and industry customers. In the…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Give UK a good post-Brexit trade deal, say German farmers

German farmers are pushing the EU to preserve its lucrative food and drink export market by offering the UK a generous post-Brexit agricultural trade deal. Westminster and Brussels are poised…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Market prices: 2019 performance in review

It's the time of year when many farmers will run their finger down the sales column and reflect on the times they managed to sell before a dip in trade…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2020: Delicate issue of scale for root crop growers

Last year we described the 2018 potato growing season as “the most challenging in recent history”, but the 2019 harvest will now be remembered for the same reason. It remains…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2020: Tech will improve combinable crop profits

In the short term there will be some excellent financial results from harvest 2019 across the country, says Andersons Midlands partner Sebastian Graff-Baker, with wheat yields breaking records on many…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Oilseed rape price rises £7/t in a week

Oilseed rape prices for January have firmed by up to £7/t on the week, benefitting from a weaker pound and a US decision favouring biodiesel production. January ex-farm OSR values…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Naked oat growers wanted in the East Midlands  

Spring naked oat contracts are available for farmers in the East Midlands who are looking to increase their spring cropping area and widen rotations. Lincolnshire-based seed and grain specialist Cope…

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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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CULTIVATORS

Vaderstad launches mounted NZ cultivator

Swedish manufacturer Vaderstad has added a 6m mounted version of the popular NZ spring tine cultivator to its portfolio. The machine has four rows of tines spaced 90mm apart and…

CEREAL DRILLS

Low-input cropping slashes costs and risk for tenant farmer

After years of struggling to make his conventional arable rotation pay, a tenant farmer has begun trialling a system that rewards him for environmental gains rather than bumper yields. John…

TECHNOLOGY

How moisture-seeking drilling kit helps drought-hit Aussies

A new drilling outfit developed in Australia is using clever moisture-sensing tines to automatically alter sowing depth according to soil conditions. Moisture Planting Technologies (MPT), based in New South Wales,…

TRACTORS

Video: Rare articulated John Deere 8850 goes up for sale

A rare articulated John Deere tractor from the mid-1980s has been put up for auction by a Shropshire farm, with a starting bid of £20,000. The 1985 model 8850 is…