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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…


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…


Business Clinic: How can options help cut grain price risk?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Savills’ Andrew Wraith explains how options contracts can reduce grain price…


Analysis: How UK growers can face Brexit challenges

The UK cereal sector needs to improve competitiveness to cope with the post-Brexit world. It also needs to improve productivity and develop better trust in the supply chain. Furthermore, the…

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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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Analysis: Which way will wheat prices go by June?

A larger than usual gap of about £20/t between old and new crop wheat prices is causing a headache for arable farmers pondering their marketing strategy. Futures prices currently stand…


Russian dominance over world wheat markets slows

Russia’s record-breaking export drive has finally slowed, but it could be too late for hopeful US and EU markets to benefit significantly, says Cofco UK trading director Stuart Shiells. World…


Outlook 2019: Challenges remain for potatoes and beet

The weather conspired in 2019 to give potato and sugar beet growers disappointing yields. The wet late spring and and summer drought led to late planting and drilling and this…


Outlook 2019: High costs to force combinable crops rethink

Last season was a stark reminder of the risks associated with high-input, high-output production strategies, as extreme weather challenged even the best arable businesses. A surge in commodity prices provided…

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Feed grain prices fall on currency and crop news

UK old crop feed wheat and feed barley prices are down by about £3/t on the week, to average £165/t and £145/t spot ex-farm respectively on Friday (15 February). A…


UK organic food and drink sales on the rise

Organic food and drink sales rose by 9.5% in 2018, to £2.2bn. The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report shows that the largest growth was in home delivery box schemes…


Grain co-op Openfield back in profit

Farmer-owned grain marketing and inputs co-operative Openfield Group reported a better year to 30 June 2018, with a £400,000 pre-tax profit compared with the previous year’s £3.3m loss. The £3.7m…


New feed bean contract offers growers hefty premium

Arable growers looking to market their breakcrop of beans have another option this season after Frontier Agriculture launched a new contract to meet rising demand from the commercial fish food…

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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…


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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