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POTATOES

How data-driven tools and training can lift potato yields

Data collection and analysis is playing an increasing role in modern crop production. Farmers Weekly explores how a digital tool and expert-led training can help improve yields and cut waste…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

3 high-tech gadgets for monitoring crop diseases

Within five years, farmers will be using technology to continuously monitor disease levels in crops, with the data helping to tailor their fungicides according to the risk. The problem with many diseases…

COVER CROPS

Essex arable farmer tries out easycare sheep

A new breed of easycare sheep that naturally sheds its wool and has good resistance to worms has convinced an Essex grower to reintroduce livestock into her arable rotation. The…

IRRIGATION

Why potato growers need to be better prepared for drought

Farmers and growers are being urged to plan and manage their use of irrigation this year, as concerns about the effect of continued dry conditions on water supplies mount. The…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Bayer ordered to pay $2bn in third Roundup trial

A US court has ordered Bayer CropScience to pay more than $2bn in damages after a jury found the company’s Roundup weedkiller caused a couple’s cancer. Californian couple Alva and…

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ARABLE

Defra approves new GM camelina oil field trials

A five-year series of trials using genetically modified camelina plants has been given the green light by the UK government. The successful application by Rothamsted Research follows previous GM camelina…

IRRIGATION

Farmers’ irrigation worries mount on back of EA predictions

Farmers could see tougher irrigation restrictions this summer, following the release of new Environment Agency (EA) data. The updated “Prospects for irrigation” forecast comes as bad news for many growers,…

ARABLE

Bayer appeals $78.5m glyphosate cancer verdict

German agrochemicals giant Bayer has appealed against a US court’s decision to award US$78.5m (£61m) to a park worker who claimed using the company’s glyphosate weedkiller gave him cancer. Last…

ENVIRONMENT

Environment groups resign from government's pesticides forum

The RSPB and a number of other environmental groups have resigned from the government’s pesticides forum, claiming voluntary efforts to reduce the use of chemicals in agriculture are failing to…

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POTATOES

How data-driven tools and training can lift potato yields

Data collection and analysis is playing an increasing role in modern crop production. Farmers Weekly explores how a digital tool and expert-led training can help improve yields and cut waste…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Why sugar beet growers should re-evaluate herbicide plans

Sugar beet weed control programmes are coming under increasing pressure from herbicide approval updates and rotational changes. As a result, growers should take time to review current strategies and plan…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

3 high-tech gadgets for monitoring crop diseases

Within five years, farmers will be using technology to continuously monitor disease levels in crops, with the data helping to tailor their fungicides according to the risk. The problem with many diseases…

COVER CROPS

Essex arable farmer tries out easycare sheep

A new breed of easycare sheep that naturally sheds its wool and has good resistance to worms has convinced an Essex grower to reintroduce livestock into her arable rotation. The…

IRRIGATION

Why potato growers need to be better prepared for drought

Farmers and growers are being urged to plan and manage their use of irrigation this year, as concerns about the effect of continued dry conditions on water supplies mount. The…

SOILS

How to identify and encourage worms to improve soils

Earthworms are a key measure of soil health, as they can mobilise locked-up minerals, help drainage and spread organic matter to improve soil structure. Therefore, we travelled to one of…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Tips on growing cereals without neonic seed treatments

Different management strategies will have to be considered if the barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) threat is going to be contained this autumn, agronomists say. Following the loss of neonicotinoid…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Farmer trials disease strategies in wheat variety Extase

Three different fungicide programmes are being tested on Britain's only commercial crop of a breakthrough wheat variety in Bedfordshire this season, which takes septoria resistance to a new level. Farms manager…

VARIETY SELECTION

What the new TuYV-resistant varieties mean for OSR yields

Two new varieties on the Recommended List this year offer growers the opportunity to protect their crops from the turnip yellows virus while also achieving top yields. When the first…

VARIETY SELECTION

How Clearfield varieties can tackle erucic acid in OSR

Rapeseed exceeding erucic acid limits continues to be a problem for crushers, resulting in farmers facing deductions or even rejections of loads. Erucic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid…

CEREALS

International Superstars: Meet our pioneering growers

Farmers Weekly's International Superstars are growers from around the world who are leading the way in adopting new technology and practices to drive crop performance. These innovative farmers have smashed…

VARIETY SELECTION

Expert picks his top OSR varieties for this summer

With nine new winter oilseed rape varieties on this year’s AHDB Recommended List, growers have 26 different varieties to choose from when drilling the 2019-20 crop this summer. Three of…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

T2 fungicide alternatives to chlorothalonil growers can try

The imminent loss of chlorothalonil, combined with regulatory and resistance pressure on other actives, heightens the need for farmers to explore alternatives at the important flag leaf spray timing. Before…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Video: Garford weeder ends crop failures at organic farm

Since starting to weed his cereal crops five years ago with a Garford mechanical hoe, organic grower Robert Hyde hasn’t lost any of his crops to weeds. In the past…

ARABLE

How an OSR grower has adapted production in a tricky year

Lessons learned from one of the most challenging seasons for growing oilseed rape are helping Bedfordshire grower Philip Woods fine-tune his future management of the crop. Oilseed rape has an…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Advice for wheat growers on disease control at T2 stage

Wheat growers should resist the urge to cut back dramatically on their key flag leaf fungicides later this month despite dry weather which has led to generally low disease levels.…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Mid-tier stewardship already delivering

I am in the process of putting my mid-tier countryside stewardship in place. It’s great to see that before the scheme is delivering on farm I already have an abundance…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Are high input trials relevant anymore?

I am facing a moral quandary. Like a lot of us I love experimenting with new techniques and, despite the fact that it usually costs me money, occasionally it’s well…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Wheat in, lambs on, flights booked

With the harvest behind us and clover and grass crops established, our focus has changed to drilling wheat and getting the winter lambs on farm. We have about 15km of…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Surely a three-week weather forecast is possible?

At this time of year, it really feels like you have a crucial influence on the potential outcome, both physical and financial, of the crops come harvest. The decisions made…

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CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: T2 spray decisions and leaf scorch problems

Crops are now racing through their growth stages, with winter wheat about to receive the key T2 fungicide sprays. Disease levels are relatively low and fungicide programmes are keeping a…

CROP WATCH

Spud Watch: Focus turns to weed control

Potato planting for 2019 is drawing to a close, with many growers finishing over the past week. This has been a planting to remember, with one grower even mentioning the…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Maize drilling and seed weevil attacks

It's full steam ahead for maize drilling in the West, although soil temperatures are sitting at 10-11C. Dry conditions have meant drilling seed deeper, which may help rooks feasting on…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Protracted OSR flowering and drought

Although last week’s rain has been very welcome for crops on lighter land suffering in the dry conditions, drought remains a concern in the South and East. In the East,…

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BUSINESS

Camgrain and Frontier renew marketing agreement

Farmer-owned co-operative Camgrain has renewed its grain marketing agreement with Frontier Agriculture for another five years. The deal – which extends an agreement made in 2014 – means Frontier will…

BUSINESS

Global supply continues to pressure UK grain prices

UK growers hoping for an end of season old crop bounce are likely to be disappointed as harvest 2019 predictions exert an increasing influence on global market sentiment. Three principle…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Barley markets under pressure from large stocks and crops

The feed barley market is following wheat down, suffering from similar issues, including larger new-crop prospects and dulled demand.   In the feed market, there is also sustained competition from…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Crop forecasts and trade issues put grain prices under pressure

New-crop grain prices have come under more pressure on crop and stock forecasts, alongside growing concerns at US-China trade duties being ramped up again. Chicago, Paris and UK new-crop wheat…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Oilseed rape prices rise as crop estimates fall

Oilseed rape prices are rising as the likely crop size falls. Both old and new crop have benefited from the latest crop estimate from analyst Strategie Grains, which reduced its…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Arable and livestock output set to fall for next two years

Most arable and livestock production is expected to be lower than average for the next two seasons across the EU amid bad weather and significant price pressure. The EU Commission’s…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Size of Russian wheat crop takes toll on market

Grain traders trying to forecast prices are caught between reports of a flourishing Russian wheat crop and dry weather woes in Europe. Figures produced by the International Grains Council (IGC)…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Potato stocks slip 13% below five-year average

Potato stocks on British farms have fallen by 26% year-on-year to less than 1m tonnes as the effect of the poor growing season continues to play out. The 2018 crop…

Future prices

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Month Price Changeinprice
May '19 152.75 -0.75
Jul '19 154.55 -0.75
Nov '19 147.25 0.75
Jan '20 149.50 0.85
Mar '20 151.65 1.00
May '20 152.95 1.15
Jul '20 159.15 1.10
Nov '20 150.50 1.05

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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
May 173.09 - 153.46 0.54 124.92 1.54 299.31 0.46 298.00 - 208.00 - 246.00 -
June 174.09 - 154.46 0.54 125.75 1.40 300.31 0.23 299.00 - 209.00 - 247.00 -
July 175.18 1.02 155.54 1.54 115.11 1.98 296.69 0.81 300.00 - 210.00 - 248.00 -

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Video: Fendt's 943 MT twin-track crawler on test

Agco has breathed new life into its flailing twin-track fleet with a major rebranding and upgrading exercise for the long-in-the-tooth Challenger tractors. And the firm’s prairie monster range needed some…

MAIZE DRILLS

Vaderstad adds eight-row option to Tempo maize drill range

A high-speed Tempo L8 maize drill has been launched by Vaderstad, which joins its current 12- and 18-row offerings. The new eight-row model has a 3,000-litre fertiliser hopper and row…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Kverneland adds presses and packers to cultivation range

Kverneland has added wider options to its range of packer and press kits. The line-up now includes single and double packers up to 4.35m wide, plus single packers in combination…

TRAILERS

Clever Teknoax axles automatically adjust trailer tyre pressure

The result of a collaboration between some of Europe's top axle and trailer makers has seen the development of technology that can alert owners to running gear maintenance demands based…