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WEED MANAGEMENT

France bans Monsanto weedkiller Roundup over safety fears

The licence for one of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkillers has been cancelled in France over safety concerns – less than two years after its approval was renewed. An immediate ban has…

COVER CROPS

Long-term benefits of cover crops examined on Suffolk farm

Early destruction of cover crops is essential to allow a following spring crop to be successfully drilled and established, especially as these over-winter crops are tipped to become more important…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Rule reminder: Key pesticide stewardship guidelines

Plant protection product stewardship campaigns are now at the heart of industry efforts to prevent further losses of under-threat active ingredients. Here, we give a reminder of the key actives…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How the potato industry can tackle blackleg

Blackleg is a costly disease in potatoes caused by several pectolytic bacteria that have the ability to infect and break down plant tissue, leading to storage losses and crop rejections.…

POTATOES

New disease-resistant potato variety for early baking market

A new high-yielding potato variety with very good disease resistance to both common and powdery scab is now available to UK growers for the early baker market. Tyson, which is…

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SUGAR BEET

British Sugar increases beet harvest prediction

British Sugar has increased its estimate for this season’s harvest due to higher than expected sugar contents. The beet processor now is forecasting a sugar crop of 1.15 million tonnes…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Canada stands by decision to relicense glyphosate

The world’s most popular weedkiller, glyphosate, does not pose a risk to human health, according to regulators in Canada. Health Canada, the governmental department that is responsible for health held…

PEST MANAGEMENT

More than half of OSR plants infested with flea beetle larvae

More than half of oilseed rape crops that survived last autumn’s flea beetle onslaught are infested with larvae at levels that will hit yields. Last autumn saw the worst cabbage…

BUSINESS

Maize usage in GB animal feed hits all-time high

Maize used in GB compound and integrated poultry unit (IPU) feed production in 2018-19 has reached its highest ever level, on the back of increased demand from the livestock sector.…

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CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmers can help prevent 'mass extinction' of pollinators

Arable farming needs to change in order to halt declines in biodiversity and prevent one of the worst mass extinction events in history, a leading US entomologist has warned. Bold…

COVER CROPS

Long-term benefits of cover crops examined on Suffolk farm

Early destruction of cover crops is essential to allow a following spring crop to be successfully drilled and established, especially as these over-winter crops are tipped to become more important…

COMPLIANCE

The rules for legal storage of pesticides on farm

Pesticides must be stored properly to protect people and the environment, but stores can vary from purpose-built barns to converted buildings. We explain the rules so that you stay compliant…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Rule reminder: Key pesticide stewardship guidelines

Plant protection product stewardship campaigns are now at the heart of industry efforts to prevent further losses of under-threat active ingredients. Here, we give a reminder of the key actives…

COMPLIANCE

Farming near footpaths - the law for arable farmers

The majority of farms have some form of public right of way across them, whether it is a footpath, bridleway or byway. But when walkers are heading for your crops,…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How the potato industry can tackle blackleg

Blackleg is a costly disease in potatoes caused by several pectolytic bacteria that have the ability to infect and break down plant tissue, leading to storage losses and crop rejections.…

BARLEY

Lincs grower uses seaweed to hit malting barley grade

Marcus Palmer is using cover crops and seaweed bio-stimulants to grow high yields of low-grain nitrogen barley in what many would consider non-traditional malting barley territory. The fertile silt lands…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How benchmarking costs is helping one arable manager

Accurate, up-to-date costings are helping Herefordshire farm manager Mark Wood make the right decisions to drive forward the 1,200ha arable and beef farm that he manages. A former AHDB monitor…

POTATOES

Are 100t/ha potato crops possible?

Potato yields in the UK appear to be faltering and one expert believes a yield competition like that seen with wheat could help the sector get closer to three-digit yield…

ESTABLISHMENT

Tips to improve pulse performance in a difficult season

Even the best bean grower would have struggled to achieve high yields last season in the worst combination of conditions possible for the crop, which saw yields 23.4% below the…

OILSEED RAPE

Drought and pests give rapeseed growers a tough start

Establishing vigorously growing plants and using companion crops could help oilseed rape growers cope in the future with the drought and pest problems seen in the summer of 2018. Lack…

ARABLE

Machinery partnership future-proofs two family farms

As the sons of two Warwickshire arable farmers, Angus Russell and Tom Ellis found themselves in the same boat – keen to carry on the family farm but facing increasing…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Job profile: What’s it like to be a seeds sales manager?

If you have got a passion for crops and want to be on the front line of variety developments then a job as a seed product manager could be the…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Job profile: What’s it like to be a sprayer operator?

If you love the sound of being behind the wheel of the latest big kit, have an eye for detail and a passion for precision, then a job working as…

BARLEY

Tips on getting high spring barley yields in a tough season

Late drilling, followed by a hot, dry summer, meant spring cereal crops struggled on many farms in 2018, although some spring barley growers managed to deliver yields exceeding 8t/ha. A…

ARABLE

New advice on how to raise spring oat yields

Much-needed trials work on spring oats has revealed how farmers can get even more yield from the crop, including a 0.6t/ha lift by simply tweaking fertiliser applications. Last year was…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Learning from biodiversity in the wild

In South Africa, this summer has continued the way it started, hot and dry. Most days are in the high 30s, often with wind. Every now and then we get…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Volunteers leading the crack-down on poaching

Why this present bunch of politicians is so willing to listen to minority voices is beyond me. The debate about good diet is clearly being distorted by the emotional blackmail…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Farming and Farmer Focus column set for change

After nine years as a Focus writer it’s my turn to pass the baton to somebody new. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to put down in print some of…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Transition to organic farming and contracting

It’s a few years since Farmers Weekly had an organic arable farmer contributing to its Farmer Focus line-up. From memory Andrew Charlton was the last and I am immensely flattered…

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Grain trader Gleadell and Dunns to be bought by ADM

Independent grain trader Gleadell Agriculture is set to come under the exclusive ownership of US-based trading and shipping corporation Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). ADM and French agricultural co-operative Invivo…

BUSINESS

Maize usage in GB animal feed hits all-time high

Maize used in GB compound and integrated poultry unit (IPU) feed production in 2018-19 has reached its highest ever level, on the back of increased demand from the livestock sector.…

BUSINESS

Outlook 2019: Challenges remain for potatoes and beet

The weather conspired in 2019 to give potato and sugar beet growers disappointing yields. The wet late spring and and summer drought led to late planting and drilling and this…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2019: High costs to force combinable crops rethink

Last season was a stark reminder of the risks associated with high-input, high-output production strategies, as extreme weather challenged even the best arable businesses. A surge in commodity prices provided…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Exporting east: Trade prospects with India

In April 2018, Theresa May embarked on a global schmoozing tour in an attempt to lay the groundwork for a number of post-Brexit free-trade agreements (FTAs). Top of the list…

BUSINESS

Potato crop lowest since 2012

At 4.9m tonnes, this year’s potato crop is 13% smaller than the five-year average of 5.6m tonnes, according to an AHDB estimate. It is only the fourth time since 1960…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

OSR prices steady after sharp drop in global crop area revealed

Oilseed rape prices are holding after figures showed a sharp drop in the global area and proposals to restrict EU imports of South American seed for biodiesel. Spot ex-farm prices…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

EU grain trade union decreases 2018 harvest forecast

The EU total grain crop forecast for 2018 has been revised down by almost 2m tonnes by European grain body COCERAL. The forecast, announced on Tuesday (4 December), has been…

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Jan '19 168.35 0.10
Mar '19 171.20 0.10
May '19 173.10 0.10
Jul '19 174.75 -0.25
Nov '19 155.90 -0.60
Jan '20 158.55 -0.60
Mar '20 160.75 -0.60
May '20 162.40 -0.60

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Local, spot & forward prices (£/t) ex-farm - updated every Wednesday and Friday
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Month Milling Wheat Feed Wheat Feed Barley Oilseed Rape Micronising Peas Feed Peas Beans
January 181.00 2.82 172.35 1.81 164.00 0.15 323.23 2.69 287.00 - 217.00 - 225.00 3.00
February 182.00 2.82 173.35 1.85 165.00 0.12 324.23 2.73 288.00 - 218.00 - 226.00 3.00
March 181.18 1.00 174.35 1.85 166.00 0.08 325.23 2.77 289.00 - 219.00 - 227.00 3.00

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TECHNOLOGY

Vaderstad app helps set up machines correctly

A recent augmented reality smartphone app from Vaderstad allows operators to get a live demonstration of how to get their machine running as it should. See also: How precision farming…

LAMMA

Lamma 2019: Fencing, spreaders and grain store management kit

This year marked the first of the Lamma show’s new era at Birmingham’s indoor National Exhibition Centre.  The event is showcasing not just large machinery manufacturers, but also smaller agricultural…

LAMMA

Lamma 2019: Best of the cultivator and drill launches

This year marked the first of the Lamma show’s new era at Birmingham’s indoor National Exhibition Centre.  The event is showcasing not just large machinery manufacturers, but also smaller agricultural…

LAMMA

Lamma 2019: Tractors and telehandlers steal the show

This year marked the first of the Lamma show's new era at Birmingham's indoor National Exhibition Centre.  The event is showcasing not just large machinery manufacturers, but also smaller agricultural…