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HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Dry forecast offers hope in harvest washout

The past week has been largely a washout for many farmers combining between the showers, with many crops still standing and soggy straw lying in swaths still to bale.  There have…

POTATOES

Potato contractor finds the best tractor for flailing success

Lincolnshire potato contractor David Matthews expects potato haulms to have a high biomass at burndown time, thanks to this year’s growing season, and says growers will need a lot of…

VARIETY SELECTION

Harvest 2019: The 5 top-yielding winter oilseed rape varieties

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

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Growers remain optimistic despite wet weather

Wheat and spring barley crops are trickling into grain stores across the country, as farmers desperately dodge showers to preserve crop integrity. Wiltshire Movement into Trinity Grain, Shrewton, has eased…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Six growers reveal the yield cost of flea beetle

Growers have been anxiously waiting for harvest to measure the true cost of cabbage stem flea beetle damage and assess whether they were right to persist with some crops and…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Soggy harvest delays OSR drilling

Heavy rain is hampering harvest progress, leaving crops and straw stuck in the field and farmers struggling to get on with oilseed rape drilling for next season.  Wiltshire Winter barley…

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OILSEED RAPE

TuYV survey reveals highest-yet infection level

A mild autumn and winter combined with a build-up in aphid numbers since the loss of neonicotinoid seed treatments has resulted in the highest level of Turnip Yellows infection ever…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Harvest 2019: Grower sees no yield loss grazing OSR with sheep

A Yorkshire grower who grazed sheep on part of his oilseed rape crop before Christmas has seen no yield loss after totting up the figures since combining. See also: How…

AWARDS

Farmers Weekly Awards: Arable farm adviser finalists 2019

With the phasing out of farm subsidies as Britain leaves the EU, arable growers will need all the advice they can get. Our three adviser finalists this year cover a…

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CROP MANAGEMENT

How two farmers hope to make better use of crop inputs

Growers thinking about making major changes to their cropping systems are being urged to "be brave" by two AHDB Strategic Farmers who are testing out new approaches.  Whether it’s reducing fungicide…

POTATOES

Potato contractor finds the best tractor for flailing success

Lincolnshire potato contractor David Matthews expects potato haulms to have a high biomass at burndown time, thanks to this year’s growing season, and says growers will need a lot of…

VARIETY SELECTION

Harvest 2019: The 5 top-yielding winter oilseed rape varieties

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

CROP MANAGEMENT

How an organic pioneer delivers top crop yields

Richard Thompson is using the latest varieties and technology to produce top-performing wheat, barley oilseed rape and potato crops on one of the oldest organic farms in Yorkshire.  Farming using…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Grower's precision drill helps counter flea beetle threat

Wiltshire grower Martin Smart has invested in a new precision drill to give his oilseed rape a head start after on-farm trials showed that direct drilling helped his crops survive…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How tackling take-all can lift winter barley yields

There is a common perception that growers don’t need to use any control measures for take-all when growing winter barley. However, experts believe there is now a growing case. Changes in barley management…

ESTABLISHMENT

How to carry out a pre-season check on a StocksAg seeder

It wasn’t long ago that the little applicator was a slug pellet only machine, but in recent years it has gained a new lease of life as a second seed…

HARVEST

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

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

WHEAT

How northern Scottish wheat grower hits top yields

Little and often is the crop nutrition strategy that has helped Donald Ross hit top yields on his light soils in the far north of Scotland and win awards for…

POTATOES

Early potato growers look to new markets to survive

Pembrokeshire potato growers are looking to focus their early spud crops on the local Welsh market and also expand into chipping and baking markets to drive customer demand. Competition from…

PLOUGHING AND CULTIVATION

The best way to manage stubbles after harvest

Unless you are one of a growing number of no-tillers or you plough every year, it is difficult to be prescriptive when it comes to post-harvest cultivation strategy. There is…

TECHNOLOGY

7 of the latest essential arable apps

Smartphone apps are an established tool for arable farmers, and the latest batch range from one offering potato blight forecasts through to one that controls drones. Here are seven of…

PEST MANAGEMENT

How a grower uses cultivations and tech to kill slugs

Slugs have been a major headache for North Yorkshire grower Graham Potter since he switched from a plough-based crop establishment system to direct drilling. But with proactive implementation of integrated…

SOILS

Grower slashes inputs with soils focus and variety blends

An interest in soil health was the starting point for major changes made to Angus Gowthorpe’s mixed farming system in Yorkshire, the results of which have slashed establishment time and…

WEED MANAGEMENT

How to get effective weed control when using flufenacet

Pre-emergence grassweed herbicide programmes based on flufenacet must be supplemented by cultural measures this autumn, after resistance testing confirmed reduced sensitivity to the active ingredient in blackgrass. For growers, this…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Beet growers to stay vigilant amid reports of virus yellows

Sugar beet growers are being urged to remain vigilant amid the first reports of a forgotten disease, with monitoring highlighting the much higher aphid pressure in fields this summer. Virus…

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HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Dry forecast offers hope in harvest washout

The past week has been largely a washout for many farmers combining between the showers, with many crops still standing and soggy straw lying in swaths still to bale.  There have…

POTATOES

Potato contractor finds the best tractor for flailing success

Lincolnshire potato contractor David Matthews expects potato haulms to have a high biomass at burndown time, thanks to this year’s growing season, and says growers will need a lot of…

VARIETY SELECTION

Harvest 2019: The 5 top-yielding winter oilseed rape varieties

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

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Growers remain optimistic despite wet weather

Wheat and spring barley crops are trickling into grain stores across the country, as farmers desperately dodge showers to preserve crop integrity. Wiltshire Movement into Trinity Grain, Shrewton, has eased…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: OSR promised more than it delivered

Like most arable farmers, the harvest routine has kicked in – dinner and the family are brought out to the field so I can scoff between trailer loads and remind…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Is battery-powered kit the future?

After all that hot, dry weather, the stop-start harvest continues up here in Ryedale – as it does elsewhere. Barley crops seemed to have yielded well locally, but the quantity…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: African politics makes Brexit look tame

It is winter here in South Africa. Fortunately, the days are getting longer and the temperatures are steadily rising. In the eastern part of South Africa, winter is the dry…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: It’s shaping up to be a snatch-and-grab harvest

It all looked so promising a few weeks ago. Six inches of rain later and the winter barley is lodged and, at the time of writing, we are barely halfway…

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Future wheat prices hit new low as pound rebounds

Wheat futures prices have fallen to their lowest levels in two years after the value of the pound nudged upwards and analysts increased their crop size predictions. The November 2019…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Food firms fined £13.2m for wheat market manipulation

Two global food manufacturers have been fined £13.2m (US$16m) for manipulating wheat prices in 2011. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) imposed the penalty on Thursday (14 August) along…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Tighter oilseeds markets keep rape price rising

Oilseed rape prices continue to rise, buoyed by lower production prospects for the European crop and by lower US soyabean harvest forecasts. The European biodiesel market is heavily dependent on…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Brexit piles pressure on malting barley market

A short export window before 31 October, alongside good quality and yields, are putting malting barley prices under pressure. No shipments are expected to leave the UK after mid-October because…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Oilseed rape prices hold steady on smaller crop

Weak sterling and lower crop estimates are holding oilseed rape prices steady as the EU expects a crop of 17.1m tonnes, almost 3m tonnes lower than last season and 4m…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Grain exports throttled by 31 October deadline

Traders say it is impossible to sell grain for export to the EU after October unless the seller takes the risk of an export tax resulting from a no-deal exit.…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Oilseed rape values continue rising as harvest pace picks up

Spot oilseed rape prices have risen to their highest in five months, with several factors keeping the market firm. While UK yields are reported broadly in the 3-4t/ha range, low…

MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Buoyant market for organic cereals offers opportunities

A buoyant market for UK-grown organic grains and pulses means there are good opportunities for profitable organic arable production, according to Organic Farmers and Growers (OF&G). Steven Jacobs, business development…

Future prices

Updated every 15 minutes
Month Price Changeinprice
Nov '19 137.60 0.10
Jan '20 138.75 0.10
Mar '20 141.75 0.25
May '20 144.50 0.50
Jul '20 152.00 0.30
Nov '20 146.00 0.00
Jan '21 148.50 0.00
Mar '21 151.00 0.00

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 145.64 0.09 130.25 0.25 119.15 0.23 322.77 10.00 270.00 - 198.00 - 205.40 0.40
September 147.91 0.09 132.54 0.31 120.15 - 326.31 1.62 265.00 - 195.00 - 200.00 -
October 149.27 0.28 133.92 - 121.23 0.39 329.23 1.46 266.00 - 196.00 - 201.00 -

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TRACTORS

Laforge designs front linkage for Fendt crawlers

Fendt’s crawler range can now be retrofitted with a front linkage designed by French firm Laforge. The beefy addition has a lift capacity of 6,400kg, a lifting stroke of 805mm…

CEREAL DRILLS

Kverneland launches DG II trailed disc drill

Kverneland has revamped its range of DG trailed disc drills, adding an improved folding mechanism to make them better balanced and easier to manage on the road. The so-called DG…

GRAIN TRAILERS

New Michelin VF CargoXBib tyre slashes soil damage

Michelin's VF high-floatation tyre has been redesigned to further reduce soil compaction from trailed implements. The updated VF CargoXBib range comes in four sizes, including the VF 650/55 R26.5, VF…

HEADERS

Claas updates its combine header range for 2020

German manufacturer Claas has updated its header range to complement its recently launched Lexion combine models, with the new offerings including its widest-ever front and a greater range of draper-type…