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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

Crop values rise on USDA market forecasts

Wheat, corn and soya bean prices have risen sharply after the US Department of Agriculture released global crop reports and estimates for 2020-21. The World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Grain prices rise for start of new year

Tight supply and rising maize prices are keeping wheat prices on their rising trend. UK growers are generally well sold, and Defra’s recent reduction to its estimate of the size…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Soya prices stay firm despite end to Argentina's dock strike

Soya prices remain strong despite the ending of an oilseed workers’ strike in Argentina, freeing up many thousands of tonnes of supplies. A reduction in 2020 crop and stock figures…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2021: Tricky times for root crops

The outlook for root crops is looking tricky, with a loss of crop protection actives and coronavirus disrupting supply and demand. Andersons director Nick Blake looks at the year ahead…

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MARKETS AND TRENDS

Grain co-op Openfield reports drop in profit

Grain marketing and arable inputs co-operative Openfield Group has reported pre-tax profits of £358,000 for the year to 30 June 2020, down on the year-earlier figure of £460,000.  The farmer-owned…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Defra cuts 2020 wheat crop estimate to well under 10m tonnes

Defra has cut its crop estimates for wheat, barley and oilseed rape from the 2020 harvest, adding to the upward pressure on wheat prices. At 9.658m tonnes, its final estimate…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Wheat prices increase as pound falls

Wheat prices were pushed up further by a weakening pound early this week, with the May 2021 London feed wheat futures contract rising to £199/t delivered. The pound has suffered…

BUSINESS

Russian New Year export tax pushes up wheat prices

Wheat prices have been boosted this week by confirmation of a Russian export tax on the grain, effective from mid-February. The tax runs alongside the previously announced export quota of…

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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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