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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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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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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

Wynnstay profits hit by reduced farmer spending

Livestock farmers are cutting back on spending as a result of the fine spring weather and weakening farmgate prices, according to one of the country’s largest agricultural retailers. Mid-Wales-based Wynnstay,…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Pig profits decimated as other sectors also fall, says Defra

Profits for pig producers are projected to have fallen by almost 100%, while other sectors also suffered in 2018, according to the latest provisional Defra statistics. Cereals was the only…

BUSINESS

Fierce competition for hay and silage at auction

Hay and silage prices climbed to unprecedented levels at Sedgemoor Auction Centre’s most recent fodder sale, but demand for straw was weaker with supplies exceeding demand. James Wotton from West…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

New year opens with nitrogen price cut

A surprise drop of more than £10/t in UK manufactured ammonium nitrate (AN) prices was the opening move of the new year. This puts product on farm at about £278-£280/t…

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