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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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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

Livestock farmers advised to fix feed costs as prices rise

Rising prices of key ration ingredients means livestock farmers should consider fixing the cost through contracts, according to straights market experts. Throughout most of 2019, many ration ingredient prices have…

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Fram and AF both on hunt for new chiefs

Two of the UK’s largest farmer-owned purchasing co-operatives are on the hunt for a new chief executive, after both announced their departure in the same week. Suffolk-based Fram Farmers revealed…

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Risks in liquid milk sector continue to grow

Farmers are under increasing pressure from problems in the liquid milk processing sector, accounting for about half of the UK’s milk. Low processor margins, falling cream prices and regional milk…

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Price pressure grows as fertiliser stocks wait for buyers

Fertiliser prices are under pressure, with stock sitting in stores and sellers seeking cashflow as waterlogged soils keep machinery standing. The recent strengthening of the pound means imported product already…

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