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DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Waste seaweed provides natural alternative to fungicides

Seaweed gathered from French beaches could have the potential to end UK farmers’ reliance on fungicides in arable crops by stimulating plants to protect themselves from diseases. Olmix, a leading…

SOILS

7 steps to successful subsoiling

Subsoiling can be effective technique to solve soil compaction problems. However, if done at the wrong time or incorrect depth, it can cause more problems than it solves. Soil compaction…

SOILS

Tips on assessing the health of your soil

A healthy soil is described as a living system that helps to maintain and enhance the natural environment, which in turn makes for more productive crops. That’s a shortened version…

SOILS

Advice on reducing soil erosion in arable fields

Soil erosion is a natural process that can be slow and continue virtually unnoticed or may occur at an alarming rate and involve huge amounts of soil being lost from…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Concerns grow over propyzamide timing in OSR

This autumn is proving to be one that requires nerves of steel. A lot of patience was needed with delayed drilling to get a good blackgrass kill and now it’s…

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WHEAT

Neonics ban threatens future wheat harvests, experts warn

A ban on neonicotinoid pesticides for use on wheat crops threatens a viral disease outbreak which is likely to hit future EU harvests, crop experts say. In April, the European…

SUGAR BEET

Eustice leaves door open for neonics on sugar beet

Farm minister George Eustice has said Defra would be willing to consider another application for the emergency authorisation of neonicotinoid usage in sugar beet. Speaking at a Parliamentary event, hosted…

FARM POLICY

Defra rejects plea for exemption to ban on neonics

The government has rejected an appeal for an exemption to the ban on neonicotinoid use for sugar beet seed. The ban on neonicotinoid use on flowering plants, such as oilseed rape,…

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NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Nutrient leaf tests: When, how and why to do them

There are a number of micronutrients that are essential for crop growth. By testing plants for them early in a season, farmers can rectify any problems with foliar applications before…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Waste seaweed provides natural alternative to fungicides

Seaweed gathered from French beaches could have the potential to end UK farmers’ reliance on fungicides in arable crops by stimulating plants to protect themselves from diseases. Olmix, a leading…

SOILS

7 steps to successful subsoiling

Subsoiling can be effective technique to solve soil compaction problems. However, if done at the wrong time or incorrect depth, it can cause more problems than it solves. Soil compaction…

SOILS

Tips on assessing the health of your soil

A healthy soil is described as a living system that helps to maintain and enhance the natural environment, which in turn makes for more productive crops. That’s a shortened version…

SOILS

Advice on reducing soil erosion in arable fields

Soil erosion is a natural process that can be slow and continue virtually unnoticed or may occur at an alarming rate and involve huge amounts of soil being lost from…

CROP SELECTION

How to grow profitable spring crops and beat blackgrass

Spring cropping has a key role in tackling blackgrass, but which are the best crops for tackling the weed and maximising returns? Four years of trials data have come up…

PEST MANAGEMENT

3 new technologies set to help arable farmers

A third-generation SDHI fungicide, a three-in-one plant activator and insecticidal gels that work with lure-and-kill technology are among the developments that might fill some of the gaps being left by…

VARIETY SELECTION

Two big winners in wheat varieties battle this autumn

Two winter wheat varieties – Zyatt and Graham – are set to be the big winners this autumn, as growers have turned to these two for high yields alongside good…

SOILS

How three growers hope to improve soil health in Yorkshire

A recently launched initiative aimed at improving the health of Yorkshire’s arable soils is already seeing success, with dozens of farmers growing more than 400ha of cover crops for the…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How to sample soil for potato cyst nematodes

Potato cyst nematode costs the industry more than £25m each year and accurate soil testing is a critical aid in managing the pest to minimise crop losses. At low levels…

SOILS

Grower with award-winning soils reveals benefits of bacteria to ...

Modern wheat varieties have been shown to be able to support colonies of nutrient-unlocking soil fungi in trials held by agronomy company ProCam. Samples of root taken from the Essex…

BLACKGRASS

Grass and maize help to banish blackgrass

Grass and maize are helping to win the blackgrass battle on one mixed Dorset farm, and so are cutting the cost of expensive autumn cereal herbicides. Two-year grass leys have…

SUGAR BEET

Sugar beet grower upbeat on yield despite dry summer

Cambridgeshire sugar beet grower Guy Wakeham is aiming for an ambitious yield target of 100t/ha – although his crop has to be lifted relatively early, by the end of November. His…

OILSEED RAPE

How drought and pests have challenged our four OSR growers

Very dry soils and persistent cabbage stem flea beetle activity have made oilseed rape establishment more challenging than expected for most of our Oilseed Rape Masters this season. In the…

PULSES

Top winter bean grower shares his establishment tips

Lincolnshire grower Victor Barker consistently achieves high yields for his winter bean crops by ensuring he achieves high-quality seed-beds to enable good establishment. Farming 160ha on the fens at Dowsby,…

BLACKGRASS

Fens blackgrass trial back to winter cropping after three years

A fens grower forced into spring cropping by an untenable blackgrass population is set to return to winter cropping this season after tackling his weed problem. Lincolnshire farmer Chris Richardson’s…

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CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Concerns grow over propyzamide timing in OSR

This autumn is proving to be one that requires nerves of steel. A lot of patience was needed with delayed drilling to get a good blackgrass kill and now it’s…

ARABLE

Crop Watch: Patience pays off with late weed flush

Seed-bed conditions across the country are reported to be almost perfect following the dry conditions, although for those growers who took advantage of conditions early, blackgrass is already a problem.…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Rising aphid threat to OSR and cereals

A mild autumn has seen crop growth accelerate in recent days, with oilseed rape and cereals growing away from the threat of slugs and flea beetle. Disease pressure remains low…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Later drilling can counter blackgrass and BYDV

The shift to later drilling of winter cereals is helping growers prepare for the loss of a key neonicotinoid seed dressing next year as well as assisting with the fight…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Finally chance to crack on with fencing

The last of the winter lambs are up to weight, averaging 22kg on the hooks. It is good to see them away – 10,000 have come in here as stores…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hare courses are back in action ruining fields

Patience has paid off this autumn and after a reasonable amount of rain in mid-October, conditions for wheat drilling have been fantastic. More rain after drilling to keep seed-beds moist…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Did baling straw bring about our slug woes?

These days my precision agronomy skills run to finishing drilling and pre-emergence sprays before the October half term and a much-needed holiday. We duly managed it, but were desperate for…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: All drilled up in a kind autumn

Autumn drilling is now complete and the kind autumn has rounded off what can be described as a near perfect harvesting and drilling season – one that was long overdue…

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Maize imports and no-deal Brexit worries undermine wheat price

Maize imports, ethanol plant closures and the looming potential of a no-deal Brexit are putting pressure on wheat prices, according to grain traders. Maize imports are up by one-third and…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Flea beetle and drought wipes out 10% of 2019 OSR crop

One in 10 hectares of oilseed rape planted this season have been destroyed by drought and cabbage stem flea beetle, according to a new estimate released by United Oilseeds. The…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Buoyant ex-farm oat prices hit five-year high

Prices for UK milling oats in October continued to surpass already record levels, hitting the highest price since May 2013. The average spot price last month was £181.50/t, 50% higher…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Growers advised to sell 30% of 2019 wheat crop by February

Forward-selling wheat growers should consider committing some of the 2019 crop by February to benefit from the current healthy prices and to offset Brexit risk. Futures prices have fallen significantly…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Wheat prices slip further as bioethanol industry shuts down

Grain prices have slipped further through the week as traders react to a growing surplus of wheat on the market and talk of an increased cropping area next season. Average…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Ethanol producer Ensus to close in November

Bioethanol production at the Ensus plant in northern England will pause for an indefinite length of time from late November, removing another significant feed wheat customer from the UK market.…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Gradual fall in wheat price forecast for 2019

Wheat prices are predicted to remain strong until the end of the year before gradually declining in 2019 on forecasts of a larger global wheat crop next season. Prices are…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Malting barley premium over feed hits seven-year high

Malting barley growers who manage to hit spec this season stand to cash in with premiums over feed running at a seven-year high due to a lack of quality barley…

Future prices

Updated every 15 minutes
Month Price Changeinprice
Nov '18 167.85 -1.15
Jan '19 169.75 -1.15
Mar '19 171.65 -1.15
May '19 173.30 -1.20
Jul '19 173.75 -0.65
Nov '19 156.10 0.00
Jan '20 158.10 0.00
Mar '20 159.50 0.00

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
November 171.78 0.95 161.46 1.92 162.00 2.46 317.85 5.00 260.00 4.00 211.00 - 216.00 -
January 173.27 1.91 163.54 2.00 163.33 2.98 320.00 4.69 262.00 4.00 213.00 - 218.00 -
December 172.36 1.46 162.54 2.00 162.92 2.39 318.54 5.15 261.00 4.00 212.00 - 217.00 -

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TECHNOLOGY

Dot and Raven combine precision tech systems

Two precision technology companies are teaming up to add as many bells and whistles as possible to the Dot Power Platform, which was featured in Farmers Weekly earlier this year.…

MACHINERY

Ultimate guide to buying a combine

Increased automation to help both experienced and inexperienced combine operators is the highlight of upgrades to the latest crop of machines destined for harvest 2019. New sensor technology can now…

TELEHANDLERS

Revolutionary steering slashes turning circle

In what must be one of the first loaders in the world to be steered by two separate methods, German maker Thaler has released its 3248T-5A loader, which has both…

TELEHANDLERS

Cat launches new M-series handler range

American giant Cat has launched three new handlers, designed specifically for the agricultural sector. The new M-series models feature a Cat 3.4-litre engine which develops 68hp and runs through a…