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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

Straw prices up as farmers secure supplies for next winter

Straw prices are firming, with some early-bird buyers looking to secure supplies for next year, but demand for hay and silage remains lacklustre. A collective sale of fodder from Somerset…

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Sugar beet variety battle cuts grower choice for 2020

Sugar beet seed breeder KWS has called for more sales competition in the UK, after failing to get a second herbicide-tolerant variety on the Recommended List this season. Farmers Weekly…

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Poor demand pushes fertiliser prices lower

Good availability and the wet autumn and winter have pushed some fertiliser prices as low as they have been for years. P & K straights have been particularly affected by…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Middle East tensions have minimal effect on red diesel price

The ongoing tension between the US and Iran has had little effect on red diesel prices despite the initial shockwave prompting a short-term spike. The cost of red diesel shot…

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