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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Keeping out the hare coursers comes at a price

Like most we took full advantage of February’s beautiful weather getting some nitrogen on hybrid barley, oilseed rape and second wheats, as well as drilling our spring bean. Seed-beds were…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Roundup weedkiller 'substantial factor' in farmer's cancer

German agrichemical giant Bayer has expressed its disappointment after a US jury found that Roundup weedkiller was likely a “substantial factor” in causing a farmer’s cancer. The case involves a…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Pesticide changes this March growers need to know

Two changes to pesticide labels plus the need for farmers to keep on top of their spray store stock ahead of a spate of withdrawals next year are the key…

OILSEED RAPE

Four critical months to minimise OSR yield losses

Oilseed rape yields can vary by more than 1t/ha between seasons and researchers have identified ways that farmers can manage their crops to minimise seasonal effects. While the yield trend…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Fluoxastrobin makes UK debut for sclerotinia control in OSR

A fungicide containing fluoxastrobin is available for the first time in the UK for the control of sclerotinia in winter oilseed rape. Severe outbreaks of sclerotinia stem rot can lead to…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Wider tines deal with healthy winter weed crop

Viewing our spring work load from December looked like a pretty daunting task. Having only ploughed land ahead of winter beans, our min-tilled land due for spring sowing was looking…

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DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Septoria risk tool could help guide fungicide strategies

Growers will be able to tailor their fungicide spray strategies according to the likely risk of septoria in their area using a new digital agronomy tool. By comparing three weeks…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Flea beetle decimates OSR leading to hive relocation headache

One of Britain's biggest beekeepers says he must relocate hundreds of hives because cabbage stem flea beetle has destroyed so much oilseed rape this season. Perthshire-based Murray McGregor turned to…

IRRIGATION

Lack of rain prompts longer reservoir refill period

The Environment Agency has confirmed plans to extend the refill season for winter storage reservoirs into April. This follows concern that lack of rain over the winter months and possible…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Glyphosate exposure raises cancer risk up to 41%, study reports

People who have high exposure to pesticides containing glyphosate have an increased risk of contracting a certain type of cancer, scientists say. Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have…

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NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How N-fixing breakthrough will slash fertiliser use

A specific strain of nitrogen-fixing bacteria, isolated from sugar cane in Brazil and capable of colonising plant roots, is being developed into a technology that could reduce the farming industry’s…

OILSEED RAPE

Four critical months to minimise OSR yield losses

Oilseed rape yields can vary by more than 1t/ha between seasons and researchers have identified ways that farmers can manage their crops to minimise seasonal effects. While the yield trend…

TECHNOLOGY

How French spraying tech can slash herbicide spend by 80%

French kit maker Kuhn is moving into high-tech solutions such as spot-spraying, offering farmers dramatically increased application accuracy and decreased production costs. It is in response to more established competitors bringing…

SUGAR BEET

The secret to Norfolk farm's record-breaking sugar beet yield

Will Jones of Salle Farms in Norfolk recorded a record-breaking 121t/ha sugar beet yield  in 2017, achieving 97% of the crop’s yield potential to win the British Beet Research Organisation's…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

What the decline in fungicide performance means for growers

Further shifts in the performance of popular fungicides against septoria during 2018 - a season with low disease pressure - are putting T1 fungicide strategies in the spotlight this year.…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Why fungicide timing is key to control ramularia in barley

Barley growers need to be aware of the conditions that favour the fungus responsible for causing ramularia leaf spot, as the chemical control options are extremely limited. The low levels of…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How wheat growers can cut their fungicide costs this spring

Winter wheat growers could cut their fungicide spend this spring if they are growing varieties with good disease resistance that were drilled in late autumn. The dry winter has held…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Dorset farmer's plans to strike early septoria in wheat crop

Wheat’s most damaging disease, septoria, is appearing in the wetter West this season, prompting one Dorset cereal grower to prepare to strike early to keep the infection under control. Mild…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Sussex grower switches wheat variety to trim fungicide spend

Sussex grower Will Hecks is planning to trim his early fungicide spend on his winter wheat this season after switching to more disease-resistant varieties. Picking varieties such as Zyatt and…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Why early wheat fungicide spray could save costs later

Recent spring-like weather is likely to mean that winter wheat fungicides sprays may be needed earlier than usual this season. This could save growers money on later applications. Agronomy experts…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Advice on how to tackle rhynchosporium in barley crops

Rhynchosporium commune remains the most important disease of barley in the UK, particularly in wet and high humidity areas in the West and North of the UK. However, in wet…

BARLEY

Net blotch: Causes, symptoms and fungicide resistance advice

Net blotch is a disease that affects both winter and spring barley, causing yield losses of between 10% and 40%. While it can arise from infected seed, this is a…

BARLEY

Why ramularia is so difficult to control in barley

For a relatively new disease, ramularia leaf spot has been making its presence felt in both winter and spring barley crops across the UK, with yield losses as high as…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Mildew in barley: How to reduce risk and control the disease

Powdery mildew is a widespread disease across the world and Britain, particularly, has the ideal climate for the fungus to spread and infect barley crops. We take a look at…

BARLEY

How Norfolk farm grows malting barley for well-known brewer

Growing malting barley for a nearby brewery can make sense as it secures a fixed market and premium price rather than having to rely on the uncertainties of the open…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How to manage brown rust disease in barley

Although brown rust may not command the same attention as other barley diseases, it remains a potential seasonal threat to yield and could become more prevalent if the UK climate…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Keeping out the hare coursers comes at a price

Like most we took full advantage of February’s beautiful weather getting some nitrogen on hybrid barley, oilseed rape and second wheats, as well as drilling our spring bean. Seed-beds were…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Wider tines deal with healthy winter weed crop

Viewing our spring work load from December looked like a pretty daunting task. Having only ploughed land ahead of winter beans, our min-tilled land due for spring sowing was looking…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Sticking with niche crops after Brexit

March has hit us, as they say, like a lion, whether it will leave us like a lamb remains to be seen. We experienced an unusual February with frost by…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Problems with swans and frost heave

An incredibly dry winter has allowed ploughing to continue most days, with land turning over in ideal conditions, which should easily be made into a seed-bed for the spring barley.…

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CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Hungry wheat crops and OSR crop failures

It's take-off time as crops are now moving, with oilseed rape approaching flowering and hungry wheat crops ready for their nitrogen fertiliser.  Thoughts turn to disease control and growth regulation…

CROP WATCH

Spud Watch: Dry winter sees fields ploughed in ideal conditions

The dry winter has broken into a damp spring, with two-thirds of 2019’s rainfall coming in the first seven days of March in the Scottish Borders. Further north into Angus…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: T0 cereal spray strategies and variable oilseed rape

The effects of the unseasonably warm spell in February are now being seen, with wheat crops motoring on and oilseed rape starting stem extension.  It means agronomists' thoughts have now…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Barley disease and a later beet drilling strategy

An abundance of foliar diseases is being reported in winter barley crops by agronomists in the West and North. David Martindale points to brown rust, which thanks to a unseasonably…

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MARKETS AND TRENDS

Pig profits decimated as other sectors also fall, says Defra

Profits for pig producers are projected to have fallen by almost 100%, while other sectors also suffered in 2018, according to the latest provisional Defra statistics. Cereals was the only…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Teesside bioethanol plant to reopen in early March

The Teesside bioethanol plant is to reopen at reduced capacity at the start of March. German owner CropEnergies AG said it planned to initially run the factory at reduced capacity…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

OSR values fall by £10/t in two weeks

Oilseed rape values have dropped by £10/t over the past two weeks, following a drop in the French oilseeds market and a strengthening of the pound, which makes the UK…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Grain prices fall in a complex market

UK feed wheat and feed barley prices have fallen further in a complex market influenced by Brexit, the US-China trade issue and uncertainty over crop sizes. Feed wheat prices were…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Feed grain prices fall on currency and crop news

UK old crop feed wheat and feed barley prices are down by about £3/t on the week, to average £165/t and £145/t spot ex-farm respectively on Friday (15 February). A…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Analysis: Which way will wheat prices go by June?

A larger than usual gap of about £20/t between old and new crop wheat prices is causing a headache for arable farmers pondering their marketing strategy. Futures prices currently stand…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Russian dominance over world wheat markets slows

Russia’s record-breaking export drive has finally slowed, but it could be too late for hopeful US and EU markets to benefit significantly, says Cofco UK trading director Stuart Shiells. World…

BUSINESS

UK organic food and drink sales on the rise

Organic food and drink sales rose by 9.5% in 2018, to £2.2bn. The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report shows that the largest growth was in home delivery box schemes…

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Month Price Changeinprice
Mar '19 161.90 0.15
May '19 163.75 0.15
Jul '19 164.45 0.15
Nov '19 148.00 0.25
Jan '20 150.95 0.25
Mar '20 152.95 0.25
May '20 154.00 0.25
Jul '20 158.65 0.20

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
March 174.36 4.32 156.71 2.89 130.71 2.54 298.98 4.77 296.00 - 214.00 7.00 246.00 4.00
April 175.27 4.41 157.83 2.77 130.56 2.07 299.67 4.84 297.00 - 215.00 7.00 247.00 4.00
May 176.27 4.41 158.87 2.65 131.33 2.15 300.37 5.00 298.00 - 216.00 7.00 248.00 4.00

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TRACTORS

McCormick launches more frugal X5 tractors

A new range of McCormick X5 tractors features extra transmission options designed to make the machines more fuel-efficient during day-to-day tasks. There has also been an engine upgrade, with the…

201-300HP

Michelin launches road-friendly tyres for 200hp tractors

Michelin has launched a new tarmac-friendly RoadBib tractor tyre that is longer-lasting and offers a more comfortable ride than existing deep-lugged options for operators clocking up high road miles. The…

201-300HP

Versatile to build higher horsepower Kubota tractors

Kubota has  signed a long-term deal with Buhler Industries, owner of Versatile, that will give it a route into the high-horsepower tractor market. The Japanese brand had made no secret…

TRACTORS

Video: On test - John Deere 6250R v 7250R

The 250hp tractor market is bulging at the seams, so picking the model that provides the best balance of power, chassis size, transmission and fuel consumption requires careful consideration. In…