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Advice and tips

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Trading grain: Advice on locking in to profitable prices

Many arable farmers are not taking a rigorous enough approach to grain trading to protect themselves from losing money in volatile grain markets, say experts. James Bolesworth, director of independent…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

How to avoid costly disputes over grain contracts

Contracts are legally binding documents and set out the agreed quantity, quality and delivery aspects of a deal between the arable grower and merchant. However, many growers don’t take time…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Business Clinic: Should I sell grain forward?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, James McFarlane of Savills advises on grain marketing plans. Q. My…

FINANCE

6 ways arable farms can reduce business risk

Insufficient income and tight cashflows remain the main problems on many arable farms, particularly when viewed against the likely tightening of support payments. The pressure points businesses will face over…

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Case studies

Get more for your grain with free online auction site

Both merchants and growers are benefiting from a new free online grain trading site, developed in the South Downs by a grower and computer developer. Growers are saving time in…

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Insights

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Big crops, brewing slump and weather affect barley outlook

While the UK’s winter barley area has fallen, the massive rise in spring drilling means that the UK is in line for a record crop of 8.4m tonnes. Every successive…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Dry conditions see growers downgrade wheat crop quality

UK farmers have given a gloomy assessment of the state of their crops, as the effects of dry weather intensifies. They have rated less than one-third of the UK’s wheat…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Grain price outlook: Decline in demand holding markets down

In the previous Global Grain Insight, published in the middle of February, we concluded: "If coronavirus continues to spread, it could have a negative impact on the whole global economy."…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Miscanthus: Can it tackle climate change and turn a profit?

Growing miscanthus can make sense on poorer-quality land, offering farmers a financial return and a chance to do their bit for the environment. But the government is being urged by…

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News

BUSINESS

Merchants ditch on-farm grain sampling over safety concerns

Merchants are stopping sending grain samplers to farms because of safety concerns, pushing responsibility for drawing samples back to the grower and their staff. The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) announced…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Oilseed rape prices drop back slightly as harvest progresses

Oilseed rape prices came under downward pressure in the second half of this week. This put August ex-farm values on Friday (31 July) around the regions at an average £327.70/t.…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Huge surge in UK grain exports confirmed

Grain exports from the 2019 harvest far outstripped the pace of the previous year, fresh data from HMRC has confirmed. More than 1.14m tonnes of wheat left the UK between…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

No deal risk rises, adding uncertainty across farming sectors

No deal with both the EU and US is looming larger, raising the risk of trade chaos from 1 January as importers and exporters grapple with a new regime that…

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Video

BUSINESS

UK barley exports keep up good pace

UK barley exports continue at a good pace, with 26,000t of UK feed barley heading to Algeria through Gleadell Agriculture’s Immingham export facility. The 900 or so lorryloads it will…

BUSINESS

VIDEO: Feed prices crippling pig industry

Stuart Bosworth, Farmers Weekly Pig Farmer of the Year 2011, talks about the rising costs of pig feed and how this is affecting the industry. With 60-70% of the cost…

Grain chain could save £42m a year to the benefit of all

Inefficiencies in the cereals supply chain are nothing new. But this winter an ambitious project linking farmers, hauliers, a grain trader and a leading miller showed how sharp things could…

Video: NFU president Peter Kendall urges farmers to be positive

Farmers need to continue to be positive about their futures but will need to ensure they use new technologies to improve efficiency to realise sustainable profits, Peter Kendall told visitors…

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