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SOILS

Why soil health is top priority for Sussex estate

A decision to come out of organic farming and the need to solve a soil erosion problem on vulnerable greensand soils combined to bring a complete rethink of the arable…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Three product approvals set to benefit root crop growers

With many crop protection products under threat, it is welcome news that root crop growers are set to benefit from three new potential approvals over the next two years. Farmers…

HARVEST

Harvest 2018: High straw value softens yield woes

Yields of barley and oilseed rape are proving to be disappointing, as harvest progresses across the UK, although stronger straw and barley prices are helping to compensate for the shortfall.…

COVER CROPS

How to pick the right cover crop mix this autumn

Interest in cover crops in the UK has been on a steep upward trajectory for several years, driven by their ability to right some of the environmental wrongs in cropping…

ARABLE

Farmers Weekly Awards – Arable Farmer finalists 2018

What does it take to get arable businesses in better shape to face the challenges of Brexit in the years to come? All three of our finalists see better soil…

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CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Kickstart your arable writing career at Farmers Weekly

If you know your T1 from your triticale, enjoy meeting arable growers and have an aptitude for writing, then Farmers Weekly has just the job for you. We are looking…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Learning disease lessons as harvest kicks off

Harvest has already arrived for some winter barley crops on light land and our agronomists are looking at the lessons for next season. One factor that our agronomist agree on…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Wheat fungicide to help fight disease resistance

A wheat fungicide that could help fight disease resistance to septoria leaf blotch could be launched in the next few years by agrochemical giants Sumitomo and BASF. The new active…

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SOILS

Why soil health is top priority for Sussex estate

A decision to come out of organic farming and the need to solve a soil erosion problem on vulnerable greensand soils combined to bring a complete rethink of the arable…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Three product approvals set to benefit root crop growers

With many crop protection products under threat, it is welcome news that root crop growers are set to benefit from three new potential approvals over the next two years. Farmers…

COVER CROPS

How to pick the right cover crop mix this autumn

Interest in cover crops in the UK has been on a steep upward trajectory for several years, driven by their ability to right some of the environmental wrongs in cropping…

ARABLE

Farmers Weekly Awards – Arable Farmer finalists 2018

What does it take to get arable businesses in better shape to face the challenges of Brexit in the years to come? All three of our finalists see better soil…

VARIETY SELECTION

What the 2018 winter wheat varieties offer growers

Most of the newly recommended winter wheat varieties for this coming autumn have more yield to offer, but that’s considered unlikely to be enough to tempt growers to make sweeping…

CROP SELECTION

Oat market offers opportunity for farms in the right areas

Oats are the UK’s third largest home-grown cereal crop, behind wheat and barley, and they can be a profitable addition to arable rotations. They are a useful low-input cereal break…

VARIETY SELECTION

Expert pointers on winter barley variety choices

Winter barley has fallen out of favour on many British farms in recent years due to a combination of its unattractive gross margins and farmers turning to spring cropping to…

CROP SELECTION

What to consider when choosing next year's winter crops

Farmers are being advised to consider crops that will set them up for the next few years, rather than just focussing on those giving the highest returns in the coming…

VARIETY SELECTION

Advice on picking OSR varieties to drill this autumn

The new format of the winter oilseed rape Recommended List can’t disguise the fact that growers have never had such a good range of varieties to choose from. While the…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How to get more from your on-farm crop trials

By taking some practical steps to trial design, one researcher believes farmers can improve the robustness of their tramline and split field trials, leading to more informed cropping decisions. In…

PLOUGHING AND CULTIVATION

Why wheat is £10/t cheaper to produce with no-till approach

No-till farmers produce wheat for £10/t less than their conventional counterparts, according to a benchmarking exercise of 12 farms in East Anglia. Accountancy expert Gary Markham says that the combination…

COVER CROPS

Why cover crops have a place on a mixed Hampshire farm

Cover cropping has earned its place in the arable rotation at Freefolk Farms in Hampshire, with stubble turnips being used ahead of spring cropping, bringing many benefits on the thin…

COVER CROPS

Video: Crimper trial aims to kill cover crops without herbicides

The holy grail of crimping is for cover crops to slowly die into a weed-supressing mat, covering the soil without the use of chemical sprays or the plough. For an…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How one OSR grower is benefitting from companion crops

Companion cropping is helping to offset some of the risks associated with growing 120ha of winter oilseed rape on a Worcestershire farming estate. At the same time, it is supporting…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Tips on managing BYDV without neonic seed treatments

The loss of neonicotinoid seed treatments means that cereal growers will be up against it when it comes to barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) control in the future, according to…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

What the neonic seed treatment ban means for sugar beet

Next year’s sugar beet crop will be at greater risk from virus yellows, due to the loss of seed treatment control measures. This follows confirmation that the sale and supply…

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HARVEST

Harvest 2018: Early wheat harvest kicks off with yields down

The earliest wheat harvest in living memory kicked off this week on a few scattered farms across southern England, with average yields and indications of good quality from the first…

HARVEST

Neighbours rally to help farmer fight blaze in barley

A farmer has thanked neighbours and firefighters for helping to contain a field fire that destroyed 47ha (116 acres) of winter barley but saved 8,000 pigs from being burned alive.…

HARVEST

Harvest 2018: High straw value softens yield woes

Yields of barley and oilseed rape are proving to be disappointing, as harvest progresses across the UK, although stronger straw and barley prices are helping to compensate for the shortfall.…

HARVEST

Harvest 2018: Growers struggle to keep OSR from drying out

Worryingly low moisture levels are causing problems for growers as they start on the oilseed rape harvest two weeks earlier than normal. Many are being forced to try to take…

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: How to survive a drought in South Africa

While watching the British Grand Prix, I was astounded as to how brown the grass around the Silverstone track was.  I realised if this is what the well-manicured lawns around…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Choice is opening up for precision farming

First, I would like to extend the farm’s grateful thanks to Phil Dyer, who after many years of service retires at the end of this month. He will still live…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: ‘Average’ rainfall hides the dry truth

When I last wrote, the crops looked reasonable, but an incredible spell of hot and very dry weather is taking its toll and yield potential is fast disappearing. The past…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Fertiliser prices dash hopes of Aston Martin

In April, I was cursing the fact we farm heavy land when we had numerous wet areas. However, today I’m grateful. What a difference a few weeks can make. On…

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BUSINESS

Farmer-owned Angus Cereals in administration

Farmer-owned storage and marketing co-op Angus Cereals Limited has gone into administration. Iain Fraser and Tom MacLennan, partners at business advisory firm FRP Advisory, were appointed joint administrators on 12…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Regional grain prices vary on lack of sales

Grain prices vary wildly between regions as the wheat harvest approaches and farmers become even more reluctant sellers. Midweek saw quotes for August feed wheat up by £5/t-£8/t on the…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Business Clinic: Should I sell grain forward?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, James McFarlane of Savills advises on grain marketing plans. Q. My…

BUSINESS

Drought could lead to further grain price rises before harvest

Grain markets are being pulled in opposite directions, with drought and high temperatures pushing prices up, but political and trade tensions limiting the rises. Crop concerns in Russia and parts…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Oilseed rape prices rise on nervous market

Oilseed rape prices have risen over the past week, helped by rising crude oil prices and reports of oilseed rape crops coming off the field in western France at 2.5-3t/ha.…

FARM ENERGY

Threat to biofuel market defeated by farm lobby groups

A looming threat to cereal and rapeseed prices has been stopped after plans to cut the use of crop-based biofuels in the transport sector was abandoned by European politicians. A…

FINANCE

6 ways arable farms can reduce business risk

Insufficient income and tight cashflows remain the main problems on many arable farms, particularly when viewed against the likely tightening of support payments. The pressure points businesses will face over…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Grain prices rise on weather worries

Dry weather in some key grain producing areas around the world is pushing domestic prices ever higher. Between £145/t and £164/t ex-farm was being offered for new crop UK feed…

Future prices

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Month Price Changeinprice
Nov '18 169.10 2.40
Jan '19 171.90 -
Mar '19 174.70 -
May '19 174.75 1.50
Jul '19 174.55 -
Nov '19 164.00 1.00
Jan '20 166.15 -
Mar '20 167.15 -

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
July 177.00 0.45 160.62 0.16 137.20 - 296.40 - 189.00 - 161.00 - 166.00 -
August 177.73 2.09 160.31 1.62 137.54 0.89 295.38 1.30 191.00 - 163.00 - 168.00 -
September 179.45 1.63 162.31 1.31 141.77 0.04 299.62 1.39 200.00 - 164.00 - 175.00 6.00

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CEREAL DRILLS

Kuhn unveils 4m version of Espro combi-drill

Kuhn has added a 4m version of the Espro seeder to its range of combination min-till seed drills. The folding 4000 RC provides seed placement and fertiliser application in one…

PLOUGHS

Amazone adds baby model to Cayros plough range

To meet the wide-ranging needs of its customers, cultivation specialist Amazone has launched a tiny two-furrow plough to sit at the bottom of its popular Cayros range. The miniature soil-folder…

COMBINES

Custom-built combine spares could save farmers cash

Bent drums, bashed augers and snapped straw walkers are just some of the common injuries that can bring combines to a lengthy standstill. And with genuine replacements for these major…

CEREAL DRILLS

New Sky MaxiDrill applies three products in one pass

The new high-speed Maxidrill 10 Series seeder from French maker Sky offers growers the chance to lay three products in one pass. First seen at Agritechnica in 2017, the overhauled…