Know How / Market opportunities

In a competitive market for arable crops, keep on top of where the market opportunities lie. Find out which grain and oilseed rape contracts offer a premium, how future changes to subsidies may affect grain markets and how other farmers have switched varieties to find new markets.

Advice and tips


Expert’s 5 tips for arable farmers converting to organic

Converting arable farms to organic production can be a big step as farmers ditch pesticides and fertilisers to rely on cultural methods of controlling pests, weeds and diseases. The conversion…


Why prospects are looking up for peas and beans in 2019

Pulse growers are set to benefit from four useful additions to the Recommended List – two of which are spring beans that increase the performance of pigs and poultry when…


Focus on crop value rather than yield – Hodmedod’s founder

Last summer, a group of farmers harvested their second crop of lentils – a crop that has never been widely cultivated in the UK because it is notoriously difficult to…


What the 2018 winter wheat varieties offer growers

Most of the newly recommended winter wheat varieties for this coming autumn have more yield to offer, but that’s considered unlikely to be enough to tempt growers to make sweeping…

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Case studies


Margin maps allow grower to end unprofitable cropping

By removing low yielding areas from his cropping, Jon Birchall hopes to increase the overall profitability of the Sundorne Castle Estate near Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Mr Birchall has identified those areas…


How an Essex farmer grew a crop of mammoth millet

Millet has proved to be a profitable and low-risk addition to Essex grower Christy Willett’s rotation, being easy to grow while also commanding a good price. After making the decision…


Barley growers find secure market with grain for distilling

An expanding band of barley growers in southern England is producing low-nitrogen grain destined for the spirits market and earning themselves a useful price premium. Having a secure domestic market…


Warburtons wheat helps grower cope with Brexit uncertainty

A group of British farmers is growing milling wheat for the domestic bread maker Warburtons, earning a decent price premium and helping to insulate themselves from the worries surrounding Brexit.…

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What to consider when choosing crops to drill this autumn

Wheat and oilseed rape are the winners in terms of gross margin, but both crops are coming under greater scrutiny, forcing growers to look at other options this autumn.  For…


The new crops that could soon profit UK farmers

White and purple wheats, food barleys, special types of beans, oats for health drinks and even chickpeas are some of the novel crop options being investigated by Agrii. Farmers can…

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Buoyant market for organic cereals offers opportunities

A buoyant market for UK-grown organic grains and pulses means there are good opportunities for profitable organic arable production, according to Organic Farmers and Growers (OF&G). Steven Jacobs, business development…


Hybrid feed barley Kingsbarn promises yield and quality

The new six-row hybrid barley variety from Syngenta promises consistently high yields, good disease resistance and a comparable quality to conventional two row varieties. Kingsbarn, which is officially launched to…


UK vine area up 24% in a year, as wine sector expands

The amount of land planted to vines has jumped by 690ha over the past year, making the UK one of the fastest expanding wine regions in the world. Latest figures…


New potato app helps with crop management and yield data

A new potato-specific smartphone app has been developed to help growers improve crop management and marketing decisions right through the supply chain. Developed by Produce Investments group – which includes firms…

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Video: How to grow a cereal crop for seed

Cereal growers with clean weed-free ground could earn themselves a significant premium over the price of feed wheat and barley by growing crops for seed production. Prices of 10-12% over…

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