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CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmer trials club targets fungicide use and crop nutrition

Getting locally relevant trials data is challenging and no area demonstrates this better than the fertile Grade 1 silts of south Lincolnshire. These high-yielding soils may be the envy of…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Stuck in arable limbo as the rain continues

We seem to have entered another spell of arable limbo with wet conditions having closed down drilling operations smack in the middle of optimal timings. Some winter barley has been…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Biostimulants - what they are and how farmers can use them

Biostimulants are being heralded as part of the solution to many of the challenges facing today’s arable farmers - from plugging the gaps in the declining fungicide armoury to dealing…

HARVEST

Harvest verdict: Barley is the winner in mixed season

The 2019 harvest started in ideal dry conditions with winter barley growers reporting bumper crops coming off with good quality, some were even seeing yields well into double digits.    But…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Time running out to buy key fungicide chlorothalonil

Cereal growers have just one month to buy stocks of key fungicide products containing active ingredient chlorothalonil. The multisite fungicide has been a mainstay in disease control programmes for many…

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POTATOES

Bayer stops sales of key potato seed treatment Monceren

Agrochemical manufacturer Bayer has halted sales of potato seed treatment product Monceren with immediate effect amid regulatory uncertainty about its future. The product – which contains the fungicide active ingredient…

HARVEST

Harvest statistics reveal jump in cereal yields and OSR woes

This year's bumper cereal harvest saw wheat match its previous high yield, set in 2015, of 9t/ha, while oilseed rape suffered the double whammy of a reduced area and poorer…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Video: German grower warns against glyphosate ban

A German grower has warned against a ban on glyphosate and stressed that the alternatives are worse for the environment. Bernd Olligs, a sixth-generation farmer from Damianshof, near Dusseldorf, said…

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CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmer trials club targets fungicide use and crop nutrition

Getting locally relevant trials data is challenging and no area demonstrates this better than the fertile Grade 1 silts of south Lincolnshire. These high-yielding soils may be the envy of…

WEED MANAGEMENT

How to identify and control umbellifer weeds

Members of the umbelliferae broad-leaved weed family must be identified and dealt with specifically in the spring, as autumn herbicide strategies do not target them. Cow parsley is the most…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Biostimulants - what they are and how farmers can use them

Biostimulants are being heralded as part of the solution to many of the challenges facing today’s arable farmers - from plugging the gaps in the declining fungicide armoury to dealing…

HARVEST

Harvest verdict: Barley is the winner in mixed season

The 2019 harvest started in ideal dry conditions with winter barley growers reporting bumper crops coming off with good quality, some were even seeing yields well into double digits.    But…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Organic grower turns to sheep to control weeds

Shropshire organic grower Mark Lea was concerned that docks might become a nuisance weed on his farm and, as he could not reach for a chemical can, he turned to…

PLOUGHING AND CULTIVATION

How healthy soils halved fuel bill on Shropshire farm

A Shropshire grower has achieved major reductions to both his fuel bill and horsepower requirements by switching to strip-till, growing cover crops and introducing sheep to his rotation. In the…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Bayer pumps billions into data-driven crop production

The paradox of feeding an estimated 9.7 billion people by 2050 without further damaging our environment and worsening climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. With…

WEED MANAGEMENT

How Cambs grower has halved glyphosate use

A Cambridgeshire farmer has dramatically halved the amount of glyphosate used, and this year he successfully grew some of his oilseed rape without using the herbicide. Glyphosate is the most…

BLACKGRASS

Why data is proving useful in one grower's blackgrass battle

Precision agronomy is helping a Cambridgeshire grower and his agronomist fine-tune blackgrass control and improve farm performance. Having taken the plunge and linked his precision farming data with agronomic practices…

PLOUGHING AND CULTIVATION

How Lincs grower hopes to slash cultivation costs

Lincolnshire grower Andrew Ward is achieving bumper spring barley yields on his heavy land by cultivating early after the combine, and he now hopes to cut establishment costs and reduce…

POTATOES

How extreme weather has hit UK and European potato yields

Potato yields are looking better in the UK than elsewhere in north-west Europe, where it is still too dry to lift crops.  The potato crop is forecast to be 3%…

SOILS

Top tips to achieve more resilient and sustainable soils

One of the most common questions for farmers relating to “soil health” is how best to measure it and monitor progress once they have embarked on a mission to improve…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: The 5 top-yielding spring barley varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2019’s AHDB spring barley Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How cover crops can help growers get more from digestate

A four-species cover crop mix has proved successful on some farms in capturing the nitrogen from autumn-applied digestate, which is then released for the following crop. Digestate is a valuable…

MAIZE

Undersowing maize with grass brings soil health benefits

Undersowing maize with Italian ryegrass can provide a low-cost way to prevent winter soil erosion and nutrient loss, and could give the added benefit of some autumn livestock grazing. Maize…

VARIETY SELECTION

Early wheats could be a good bet for catchy, wet harvests

Early-maturing winter wheat varieties could become more important after this summer’s catchy harvest weather, which saw sprouting in wheat ears hit grain quality. These early wheats will be particularly useful…

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HARVEST

Harvest verdict: Barley is the winner in mixed season

The 2019 harvest started in ideal dry conditions with winter barley growers reporting bumper crops coming off with good quality, some were even seeing yields well into double digits.    But…

HARVEST

Harvest statistics reveal jump in cereal yields and OSR woes

This year's bumper cereal harvest saw wheat match its previous high yield, set in 2015, of 9t/ha, while oilseed rape suffered the double whammy of a reduced area and poorer…

HARVEST

Survey reveals true cost of flea beetle on OSR yields

A survey from the NFU has revealed a significant drop in oilseed rape yields for the UK’s 2019 harvest. Rapeseed yields have fallen to 3.4t/ha, below the five-year average of…

SUGAR BEET

Sugar beet harvest shows early high yields

Early sugar beet liftings are showing high yields, with Guy and Will Hitchcock predicting that output will be higher than the five-year average on their Suffolk family farm. Beet harvesting…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Stuck in arable limbo as the rain continues

We seem to have entered another spell of arable limbo with wet conditions having closed down drilling operations smack in the middle of optimal timings. Some winter barley has been…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Arable needs to break the male monoculture

Although I am an arable Farmer Focus writer, sheep are an integral part of our arable rotation and our annual crop of lambs is the yield element of our fertility-building…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Resistant varieties deliver top yields

I expected harvest to be completed in September, but we are now into October, with no progress for the past eight days. All looked to be fine last Friday morning…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: A polite word with hare coursers proves effective

Just a few years ago the post-harvest weeks for us would have been a busy time of cultivating and ploughing, slug pelleting and spraying, but what a difference now. These…

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Sell grain before next spring, arable farmers advised

Farmers should consider marketing more grain than average before spring in the event of a no-deal Brexit, analysts have advised. This will help them avoid getting embroiled in a heavily…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

High volumes of grain move for export before Brexit deadline

UK grain has been moving for export in huge volumes to beat the 31 October Brexit deadline. Analyst CRM Agricommodities estimates that grain purchases by the trade are running at…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

UK wheat and barley harvest 2019 a bumper year, says Defra

The 2019 wheat crop is up 20.1% on last year and barley production increased by 25.6%, according to provisional Defra figures. It is estimated that the total wheat crop is…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

How to avoid costly disputes over grain contracts

Contracts are legally binding documents and set out the agreed quantity, quality and delivery aspects of a deal between the arable grower and merchant. However, many growers don’t take time…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

British farming faces 25% tariffs in $7.5bn-US trade war

The US government is set to impose $7.5bn (£6.1bn) worth of tariffs on EU and British food exports in an escalating trade war. The dispute is over EU subsidies handed…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Online grain trader adds payment guarantee to members

Graindex, the online grain marketplace, has announced a partnership deal with insurance firm Hokodo to protect its farmer members from financial losses when trading. The guaranteed payment collection service will…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Grain prices edge up as bad weather dogs global harvest

Grain prices have edged up by about £2/t over the past week, buoyed by reports of poor harvesting weather globally and lower US corn stocks. Farmers Weekly data showed the…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Cefetra closes in on sales of £1bn

Crop buying firm Cefetra has announced a 15% jump in the value of sales to £991.9m after trading more than 4.3m tonnes of grains, oilseeds and non-grain feed ingredients. The…

Future prices

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Month Price Changeinprice
Nov '19 134.50 2.95
Jan '20 135.90 -
Mar '20 138.80 -
May '20 142.50 2.00
Jul '20 147.75 -
Nov '20 147.30 1.20
Jan '21 148.90 -
Mar '21 151.05 -

Spot and forward prices (£/t ex-farm)
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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COMBINES

Driver's view: Nick Brown’s John Deere S790i combine

The biggest combine in John Deere’s line-up is the S790i, featuring a 617hp, six-cylinder engine, single rotor threshing mechanism and various header options up to 12.2m wide. It replaced a…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Clive Wreathall’s New Holland CR10.90 combine

The CR10.90 is still the biggest combine New Holland produces, but this machine has since been replaced by the Revelation model. Despite being located in an area that is a…

COMBINES

Driver's view: SB Farming’s Fendt Ideal 9T

The Ideal 9T is the flagship model of Agco’s new Ideal combine range that’s offered in both Massey Ferguson and Fendt guises. One of the first farming businesses to take…

COMBINES

Driver's view: Richard Ledger's Claas Lexion 8900 combine

Kent farmer Richard Ledger is one of several UK growers to have run a pre-production version of Claas' latest range-topping Lexion combines. We get the verdict from driver Nigel Richardson.…