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Crop buyers' contract terms farmers should be vigilant about

Growers should check the annual terms of trade issued by buyers to make sure they are aware of all requirements and restrictions, say advisers. These terms apply for each crop…

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How to use grain futures and options to manage risk

Grain futures and options provide a way of managing volatile grain markets, but understanding how they work is critical to using them successfully. The futures market is a formal, regulated…

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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…

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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…

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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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Pea and bean markets wait to see quality of harvest 2024

Predicting the pulse acreage and crop size is always a challenge, with no confirmation of what is in the ground until the results of the annual June census are released,…

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Oat outlook uncertain after tight supply from 2023 crop

The tight supply of oats from the 2023 harvest meant that most of last year’s crop has been bought for milling, rather than the usual more even split between milling…

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Malting barley outlook: Higher feed price, lower premiums

The malting barley market is focused on concern for quality and yield, with late sown spring crops well up in most regions, but needing a good dose of sun. Merchant…

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Weather to set the tone for grain market until harvest

The UK looks set to start the new grain year in July with a big carryover of old-crop wheat and a far lower than average level of new-crop sales. Growers’…

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Wheat drops below £200/t despite cuts to cropping area

New crop wheat has dropped back by almost £30/t from its peak at the end of May, despite a tighter supply picture for domestic markets. UK feed wheat futures for…

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NFU Scotland continues to reject digital grain passports

The introduction of digital grain passports has been dismissed again by NFU Scotland, despite a redesign of the project being put forward to try to address previous concerns by farmers,…

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Lowest cereals and OSR areas planted in over 20 years

Substantial rainfall in the autumn and spring, which limited opportunities for farmers to drill crops, is being cited as a key reason for a decline in cereal and oilseed rape…

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Frontier launches new OSR contract to reduce grower risk

Merchant Frontier Agriculture has announced a new scheme designed to reduce the financial burden and risk on farm businesses from growing oilseed rape. Rapeseed crops have struggled in the UK…

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Video: Basic features of futures markets and hedging

In the second part of the Commodity Risk Management online course, Professor Joost M.E. Pennings builds on the foundations laid in part one of the course. He goes into more…

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Video: Value of risk management and hedging

In this video, Professor Joost M.E. Pennings explains the role of hedging in lowering the cost of captial and increasing net cash flow. As an authority in the field of…

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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…

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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…

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