The IPM is a joint initiative from the NFU and Farmers Weekly through which farmers can enter their recent input costs in an online survey. This then creates a monthly picture of how much they are paying for things such as diesel, sprays and fertilisers.
“So far this month more than 100 farmers – both NFU members and non-members – have taken part,” says NFU inputs adviser Hannah Moule. “But, with just another 10 days to go, we are keen to get more involved. Even if you took part in the June survey, we want to hear from you again with your new data. The more farmers who take part, the better.”
The survey can be found at www.fwi.co.uk/nfuIPM, it takes just 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous. And to encourage greater participation, the NFU will donate a £100 Jewson voucher to one farmer chosen at random from this month’s participants.
Last week, Kent farmer Andrew Brice won a year’s free subscription to Farmers Weekly for taking part in the survey.
“This initiative is about the industry helping itself,” says FW economics editor Philip Clarke. “For example, last month we revealed that farmers were paying anything from £170/t to £180/t for their ammonium nitrate, suggesting there was scope to negotiate.”