Apprehensive Lincolnshire farmer

Mark Ireland at Grange Farm, Lincolnshire, had cut 80ha Flagon winter barley when he spoke to FWi today (13 July). With 108ha remaining, he said yields were slightly better than expected considering they suffered from the recent very dry weather. The barley had been sold on contract and he said it was borderline malting quality.

He said: “It is early this year. We wouldn’t normally be harvesting now but it is ready.”

Having had 14mm rain in seven weeks, Mr Ireland said patches of winter wheat had completely dried off and the crop was looking untidy. By comparison, the oilseed rape “looked a good crop,” although the dry weather had affected seed size.

“For two weeks in June the crops looked marvellous but we just missed the rain storms. A farm 10 miles away got 10mm rain just last week. I’m apprehensive about harvest altogether.”

Futures contracts: farmer views wanted

Do you use futures and options markets to help you manage risk? Or are you interested to learn more? Farmers Weekly is keen to find out the extent to which UK farmers use these markets. Complete our survey here.

Take the survey

Futures markets and commodity risk management online course:

  • Risk management strategies for a more predictable financial performance
  • Educated conversations when collaborating with your advisors
  • Negotiate better prices with your grain merchants

View course

Using contractors saves you time and money. Now you can book, track and pay all in one place. Register for early access today.

Find out more
See more