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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

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

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Wheat price up as dry weather challenges crops

Wheat prices have edged up this week as concerns mount about dry weather across the UK and Europe. The UK futures price for wheat to be traded in November this…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Sharp rise in oilseed rape price as sterling weakens

Oilseed rape prices have jumped by almost £6/t on the week and are now at their highest level since the beginning of March. The UK average farmgate price climbed from…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

30% drop in net profits forecast from harvest 2020

Arable farmers in the East Midlands saw an 18% drop in net profits from harvest 2019 and could see a further drop of 30% from harvest 2020, according to agricultural…

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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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