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WEED MANAGEMENT

Bayer chief hopes glyphosate use will continue in Europe

Bayer boss Liam Condon hopes the use of the world’s best-selling herbicide glyphosate will continue in Europe, whereas he is more certain of its future in North and South America.…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Flea beetles with suspected resistance to pyrethroids needed

Oilseed rape growers and agronomists are being asked to submit live samples of cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) to be tested for resistance to insecticides. Over the past few years,…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Key pesticide approval changes for barley and sugar beet

Pesticide approvals are constantly changing and the latest raft are set to affect farmers growing sugar beet and cereals for brewing and distilling. Highlights include more options for weed control…

BARLEY

Barley grower sees winter crop come up trumps

Malting barley grower Andy Roberts’ strategy of growing both winter and spring crops paid a dividend this summer as good quality from the former made up for a more problematic…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Updated pest guidance for cereals grown without neonics

Guidelines for insecticides have been updated to minimise the risk of resistance developing when relying on foliar sprays to control pests in cereals that were previously managed by neonicotinoid seed…

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WILDLIFE

Bees become addicted to neonicotinoids, study finds

Bumblebees acquire a taste for banned neonicotinoid pesticides in the same way that smokers crave nicotine, a new study has found. Researchers at Imperial College London and Queen Mary University…

HARVEST

Harvest 2018: Wheat harvest under way in the north

The wheat harvest is only just starting for some growers in the North while for others further south, only a few standing crops remain.   However, there are some concerns over…

ESTABLISHMENT

OSR growers advised not to rush into drilling

Oilseed rape growers are being urged to wait for the right conditions for drilling rather than rushing in, as going by calendar date could risk establishment and next year’s yields.…

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CROP MANAGEMENT

Key pesticide approval changes for barley and sugar beet

Pesticide approvals are constantly changing and the latest raft are set to affect farmers growing sugar beet and cereals for brewing and distilling. Highlights include more options for weed control…

HARVEST

Harvest 2018: The 5 top-yielding spring barley varieties map

Throughout the harvest season we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2018’s AHDB winter wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

BARLEY

Barley grower sees winter crop come up trumps

Malting barley grower Andy Roberts’ strategy of growing both winter and spring crops paid a dividend this summer as good quality from the former made up for a more problematic…

ARABLE

7 essential arable farming apps

Whether it's looking up the nitrogen requirements for wheat on chalk or helping with the safe use of drones, there is a constant pipeline of smartphone apps promising to make…

BLACKGRASS

How to get residual herbicides right to fight blackgrass

Stale seed-beds and other cultural approaches can go a long way in managing blackgrass, but a robust residual herbicide programme is vital in getting the level of control needed for…

WHEAT

Cornish grower hits top wheat yield without fungicides

A high-input strategy for crop protection products is generally essential in order to hit top yields in high-disease-pressure situations, but one grower has set out to prove this does not…

HARVEST AND CROP STORAGE

10 ways to improve potato storage management

Storage is a crucial part of the potato production cycle, helping growers meet the demand for their crops throughout the year, but if carried out poorly it can be economically…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Tips on killing slugs with ferric phosphate pellets

A Shropshire farmer has successfully switched from metaldehyde to ferric phosphate slug pellets without compromising slug control, as he looks to cut the risk of water pollution.  Doug McCowan farms…

ARABLE

Light land cereal grower always plans for summer drought

Martin Button cut all his winter barley in June this year, which was the earliest in living memory, even for him, on light sandy soils on the edge of the…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Job profile: What’s it like to be a field trials manager?

Agricultural trials play a crucial role in testing a huge range of farm inputs or practices, including seeds, fertilisers and pesticides. These products or practices need to be tested in…

ARABLE

Why UK growers should consider soya in the rotation

While other crops have suffered this season due to the hot and dry conditions, Soya has had no such problems. Its aptness for drought means growers looking to lessen the…

COVER CROPS

Cover crops help give structure to light Norfolk soils

Richard Cobbald is more than doubling his area of cover crops this summer to put structure and organic matter into his “structureless” Norfolk light blow-away Breckland soils. He aims to…

ROTATIONS

Added-value crops help manage risk on variable soils

Growing crops for added value premiums allows Northampton farmer Rick Davies to offset the extra income against the effects of cropping highly variable soils. With 404ha of combinable crops being…

DRILLING

Which wheat varieties to consider for late drilling

Cereal growers looking for wheat varieties most suited to later drilling dates should opt for those that are more vigorous, with good tillering ability and a rapid speed of development.…

ESTABLISHMENT

How to make the most of an early harvest to hit weeds in wheat

An early harvest means farmers can hit grassweeds even harder when establishing wheat, by making greater use of stale seed-beds. This pre-drilling strike against weeds followed by a robust pre-…

BLACKGRASS

Hand-roguing is a winner to stay on top of blackgrass

Spring hand-roguing of blackgrass is helping one Nottinghamshire cereal seed-producing farm to get on top of the troublesome grassweed along with a comprehensive autumn herbicide programme. Mary and Rob Smithson’s…

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HARVEST

Harvest 2018: The 5 top-yielding spring barley varieties map

Throughout the harvest season we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2018’s AHDB winter wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

BARLEY

Barley grower sees winter crop come up trumps

Malting barley grower Andy Roberts’ strategy of growing both winter and spring crops paid a dividend this summer as good quality from the former made up for a more problematic…

SUGAR BEET

British Sugar to delay opening of its beet plants

British Sugar is to delay the opening of its four sugar beet processing plants after warning this season's crop would be "much lower" than the previous year. The first beet…

SUGAR BEET

British Sugar warns of 'much lower' beet harvest

Sugar beet processor British Sugar is warning this autumn’s harvest is set to be “much lower” than last year’s 1.37m tonnes of sugar due to a wet spring and very…

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: OSR suffers unprecedented flea beetle attack

Im trying to put a positive spin on things, but its hard. The complete lack of measurable rain led to a less than average harvest. Spring-sown crops really suffered from…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Scottish wheat is half its usual moisture

The rain in late July seems to have been no more than a blip in the extremely dry summer. The only rain since has been annoying amounts that have held…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: OSR has escaped flea beetle attack so far

It’s official then, because the Met Office said so; “The extreme weather we have experienced this year is consistent with climate change.” Whether you are a sceptic or a believer,…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Investing for 2019 despite threat of no-deal Brexi...

Although we didn’t manage a bank holiday finish to harvest, we did manage an end-of-August one, which was a month earlier than last year. We had little to dry this…

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BUSINESS

Grain prices see end of week rise

Feed wheat prices nudged up slightly to end the week at an average of £168.50/t ex-farm on Friday (21 September). The regional range stretched from £160.50/t in the far south-east…

BUSINESS

Wheat prices dip on crop news and currency changes

Grain prices took a knock this week because of changes to world harvest forecasts, a stronger pound midweek on talk of a more hopeful outlook for Brexit negotiations and the…

BUSINESS

Sugar beet growers' contract terms announced for 2019

Growers and processors have agreed contract terms for the 2019-20 sugar beet campaign. The agreement, announced by British Sugar and NFU Sugar on Thursday (13 September), will see beet growers…

BUSINESS

AHDB examines effects of drought across all farm sectors

The AHDB has released an update to its drought impact report, examining the effects of the prolonged dry weather this summer on each farm sector. The levy board added that…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Feed wheat price falls on Vivergo closure

Spot feed wheat prices in the north have fallen £5-7/t in the last 24 hours following the news of the closure of bioethanol plant Vivergo. This brings prices back to…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Vivergo closure deals bitter blow to northern arable sector

Northern arable farmers have lost a key customer for feed wheat after Vivergo Fuels announced it was ceasing production of bioethanol for good at the end of the month. The…

BUSINESS

Rising bean prices bring some relief to embattled growers

Rising bean prices are bringing some relief to beleaguered pulse growers after a difficult summer. Producers have been dealt heavy blows this season with 25% lower yields and increased pest…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Grain prices pushed down in volatile market

Grain prices have come under pressure for a second week but tight UK and world supplies mean there is a limit to how far they can fall. Harvest pressure and…

Future prices

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Month Price Changeinprice
Nov '18 176.35 0.85
Jan '19 178.55 0.85
Mar '19 179.95 0.60
May '19 181.00 0.25
Jul '19 182.05 0.25
Nov '19 162.50 0.15
Jan '20 164.30 0.15
Mar '20 165.90 0.15

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
August 183.10 1.60 169.85 6.68 153.31 10.23 299.38 0.38 195.00 4.00 175.00 12.00 180.00 12.00
September 184.64 1.64 172.31 - 157.08 - 303.23 - 200.00 - 180.00 - 185.00 -
October 186.45 - 174.08 - 159.75 - 306.23 - 202.00 - 182.00 - 187.00 -

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CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Amazone unveils 4m Cataya drill option

Amazone has introduced a 4m-wide version of its popular Cataya drill, which becomes the second new model in the range this year. In comparison to the 3m model, the 4000…

MACHINERY

Video: 110hp Armatrac 1104 on test

Turkey has become something of a hotbed for small tractor manufacturing and one of its most recent exports is beginning to make headway in the cost-conscious UK market. The Armatrac…

401+HP

On test: John Deere 8400R

Over the past couple of decades, tracked tractors have established themselves as the go-to cultivations power source for many 500ha-plus arable growers, thanks to their ability to skip lightly across…

TECHNOLOGY

Government pumps £11m into digital hydraulic power

A consortium of Scottish investors has secured £11m from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre to help develop digital displacement hydraulic pumps for use in construction and agricultural vehicles. Digital displacement…