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Keep up with the latest prices for agricultural production inputs, including red diesel and fuel, straw and bedding, livestock feed, crop fertiliser and agchems. See how global market pressures and trends are influencing prices for agriculture and what that means for your farm budget.

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INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Water deregulation: Farms ignoring opportunity to cut bills

It has been more than two years since the water market was deregulated in England, allowing businesses to pick their own water and sewerage supplier. This followed the lead set…

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How to find the best input deals with machinery rings

When Pembrokeshire arable growers Charles and Tom Rees need herbicides, fuel or seed, they don’t spend hours hunting for the best products and deals – the Pembrokeshire Machinery Ring (PMR)…

Lower cost of production only way to compete

The reduction of subsidies and abolition of milk quotas is throwing open the door to the global marketplace. If farmers want to become global traders they have to understand the…

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Market prices: 2019 performance in review

It's the time of year when many farmers will run their finger down the sales column and reflect on the times they managed to sell before a dip in trade…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

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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INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Huge regional variability seen in early standing straw sales

Early standing straw sales have shown huge variability, with average prices spiking sharply in some regions, but only marginally up in others. This shows buyers are only prepared to pay…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Straight feed prices come under pressure

Straight feed prices have come under pressure just as some livestock and milk producers are having to start supplementing poor grass growth with bought-in material. With demand from the US…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

New-season nitrogen offered at £50/t less than a year ago

The new-season ammonium nitrate (AN) price has opened at about £50/t lower than last year and some £35/t down on the price in early April. UK-manufactured 34.5% AN is available…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

New-season urea price sets competitive tone for N market

New-season urea prices are looking keen, with early offers mostly in the region of £220-£225/t, delivered to farm in July or August. The range goes up to £230/t for those…

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