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DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Rapid test available for light leaf spot in OSR this autumn

Oilseed rape growers will be able to use a new rapid test this autumn for the most costly disease affecting the crop, enabing better targeted fungicide applications. Light leaf spot…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Beet growers gain new fungicide to combat cercospora

Sugar beet growers are to benefit from a new fungicide this autumn for controlling the late season disease cercospora leaf spot, which has worsened in recent years. This news will…

HARVEST

Harvest 2022: The 5 top-yielding winter wheat varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the five…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Wheat yields hold up despite no rain in July

Combining has been a relaxed affair in the drought of '22. All the wheat was in store before the end of July at 12-13% moisture and temperatures in the high…

HARVEST

Harvest 2022: Combines close to finish in very early harvest

The combines are close to being put back in the shed as the end of harvest draws near, with growers mainly clearing up remaining crops of spring barley. We caught…

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REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

Regenerative farming is the future, says Prince Charles

Moves toward a more regenerative style of farming in the UK have received a warm endorsement from the Prince of Wales, who said failure to address some of the issues…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Yields not affected by 'nature-friendly' approach, says report

A decade’s worth of research has revealed that agri-environment schemes do not negatively affect crop yields. The study, carried out by the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Ukceh), found…

TECHNOLOGY

Researchers use 'science of light' to cut pesticide use

A new project is exploring using the “science of light” to reduce pesticide use. Researchers at Aston University and Harper Adams University are planning to develop “photonics nose” technology to…

SOILS

NFU food report sets out foundations for improving farm soil

A major new report setting out the importance of soil in food production has outlined eight actions farmers can take to improve this vital asset and ensure the UK’s food…

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HARVEST

Harvest 2022: Low-protein issues for biscuit and bread wheats

Harvest is progressing rapidly in the North and, despite the dry weather, combinable crop yields appear to be higher than the five-year average. Grain quality is mixed, with some of…

HARVEST

Harvest 2022: The 5 top-yielding winter wheat varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the five…

HARVEST

Harvest 2022: Combines close to finish in very early harvest

The combines are close to being put back in the shed as the end of harvest draws near, with growers mainly clearing up remaining crops of spring barley. We caught…

HARVEST

Video: Bucks farmers wrap up wheat harvest earlier than ever

A Buckinghamshire family farming partnership has finished its earliest ever wheat harvest at Kensham Farms in the Chiltern Hills. Charlie Edgley, managing partner at Kensham, said the arrival of a…

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HARVEST

Harvest 2022: The 5 top-yielding winter wheat varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the five…

BARLEY

Advice on growing malting barley to gain from high premiums

Premiums of £55-£60/t for malting barley are being offered this harvest, with the price supported by beer's history of being recession-proof and the post-Covid recovery in beer sales. For these…

OILSEED RAPE

Advice on when to drill next season's oilseed rape crop

Oilseed rape growers are being urged to hold off drilling next season’s crops in this extremely dry summer until there is enough moisture in the soil. Agronomy experts say even…

WEED MANAGEMENT

AHDB Monitor Farm host sets out plan to tackle blackgrass

Andrew Walters, farm manager at Boddington Estates near Cheltenham is the latest to join the AHDB’s Cereals and Oilseeds Monitor Farm network, which he hopes will help tackle an ongoing…

ARABLE

Farmers Weekly Awards 2022: Arable Adviser of the Year

All three finalists in this year’s Farmers Weekly Arable Adviser of the Year Award are open to sharing their learnings. Each has developed a worthy reputation of being a trusted…

WHEAT

Hampshire wheat shows high yield despite low protein

Hampshire grower Nigel Pond’s winter wheat has produced an impressive 12t/ha-plus yield, although the milling wheat he grows came well short of breadmaking standards and will likely go as feed…

HARVEST

Harvest 2022: Season starts to wrap up for some growers

It has been an exceptional year in terms of early harvests, even as far north as the Scottish Borders. As some growers begin to finish cutting, quality looks reasonable despite…

POTATOES

Offsetting produces UK's first carbon-neutral potatoes

Morgan Scale is growing carbon-neutral potatoes in west Wales by using his cover crops and crop rotation to offset greenhouse gas emissions from his spuds and so produce for the…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Why the right perennial grass balance is key in AB15 mixes

The first half of August is the key time for drilling AB15 stewardship mixes and failing to balance them sufficiently with perennial grasses may seriously compromise their effectiveness in managing…

BARLEY

Scottish spring barley undersowing success for Devon expats

Moving farms to begin a new farming journey can be challenging, especially when it's from one corner of the UK to the other. But that's exactly what mixed farmer Tom…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Why brome is a rising problem when tackling blackgrass

Establishing cover crops on heavy boulder clay and managing brome are two challenges being tackled in a long-term blackgrass trial. Brome forces changes to blackgrass control strategy A brome problem…

HARVEST

Harvest 2022: The 5 top-yielding winter OSR varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from the AHDB's 2022 oilseed rape Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find…

ROTATIONS

How first wheats can make a comeback in heavy land rotations

Bringing early-drilled first wheats back into a heavy land rotation without compromising the progress made with blackgrass control has been the focus of work carried out at Agrovista’s Project Lamport…

WHEAT

How to choose the best winter wheat variety for sustainability

Five winter wheat varieties – Skyfall, Palladium, Astronomer, Tapestry and Typhoon – have been declared top for sustainability across the five established wheat groups. The agronomy group Agrii has rated…

ROTATIONS

Tips on reviewing arable crop rotations

This autumn may see rotational changes on farms, as producers grapple with the combined effects of reducing basic payment (BPS) incomes, volatile crop prices and hikes in input costs.  But…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Why BYDV-tolerant barley may prove itself in disease hotspots

More than three-quarters of surveyed growers and agronomists say they have suffered yield loss from aphid-spread barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV), with the emergence of tolerant winter barley varieties seen…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Wheat yields hold up despite no rain in July

Combining has been a relaxed affair in the drought of '22. All the wheat was in store before the end of July at 12-13% moisture and temperatures in the high…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Future is bright in the hands of young people

We spent two and a half weeks on the road during July as a family. James, our middle son (15), and his teammate Jack had gained a place in the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: 180ha stubble turnips drilled in 8 hours

As I sit in the office drafting this article, it’s 25C outside, the combine is halfway through the winter wheat and the sounds of the Womad festival are flowing through…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Faced with head-high flames in my barley

I don’t bloody believe it! When I booked my pre-harvest holiday there was absolutely no way combining was going to start before I got back. Oh no, I wasn’t going…

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Digital grain passports set to launch in 2023

The UK's first digital grain passports could be implemented as soon as June next year, according to a proposed AHDB timeline. A prototype system is being developed following an industry-wide…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Livestock demand set to affect cereals and oilseed prospects

Oilseed rape Demand for rapeseed in the UK is relatively stable, according to the latest AHDB Agri-Market Outlook, covering the next six months. The main factor that could possibly temper…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Low proteins could make wheat marketing a challenge

Low proteins look like presenting a marketing challenge for the 2022 milling wheat crop. Merchants report variable quality between regions and soil types, with Group 1 wheats generally failing to…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Grain market pressure as first cargo leaves Odesa

Grain markets are under pressure on the weight of harvest challenges, prospects for shipments from Ukraine and lower oil prices as the economic outlook cools further. The first shipment under…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Ukraine grain export deal injects further volatility

The grain price rollercoaster continues, with the prospect of exports from Ukraine the focus of the market’s nerves. Prices fell as a UN-brokered agreement was signed on 22 July to…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Black Sea grain deal signed – further market falls expected

Russia and Ukraine signed a deal this afternoon to allow grain exports from Black Sea ports. Global grain prices had fallen further this morning in reaction to the possible signing…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Early, speedy harvest poses logistical challenges

An early harvest is posing logistical challenges for growers and the grain trade. “At the moment, it’s a case of emptying wheat out of silos quicker than the barley is…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Black Sea grain export corridor – deal could come this week

Global grain markets have dropped back in reaction to the news of a potential Ukrainian grain export deal. An agreement is expected to be signed by negotiators at a meeting…

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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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COMBINES

Claas Lexion range gets extra models and a bigger cab

Claas has added a clutch of models to its flagship Lexion combine range and treated the whole line-up to a larger, plusher cab. The first addition is the 8600 that…

COMBINES

Driver’s view: Robert Floyd’s 1989 Laverda 3850 combine

A 1989 Laverda 3850 has been the combine of choice for Worcestershire mixed farmers Robert Floyd and James Kent for the past 13 years. The Italian-built harvester cuts about 80ha…

COMBINES

JMT's 33-strong used Claas combine fleet in high demand

Breakdowns and repair bills are unavoidable irritations when running a second-hand combine harvester. But for those who can’t justify shelling out for a new machine and don’t want to go…

CULTIVATORS

Low-disturbance toolbar expands tillage options

Managing a 1,600ha mainly arable operation with variable soil types and a significant blackgrass burden requires a flexible approach to crop establishment. That’s why Joe White, farm manager at Cannon…