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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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MARKETS AND TRENDS

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

Nitrogen price dropped to tempt farmer orders in slow market

Ammonium nitrate prices have dropped by up to £12/t in a bid to secure more orders. This puts UK product onto farm at £210/t-£215/t for the remainder of this month…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Profits down at Hutchinsons after drop in spending on inputs

The withdrawal of plant protection products is a threat to the profitability of the agricultural sector, the chairman of Hutchinsons has warned. The firm, which published its annual report this…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Bayer cuts spending after pandemic profit squeeze

Agrochemical giant Bayer has announced it is looking for ways to reduce global annual costs by €1.5bn (£1.36bn) by 2024, with the coronavirus pandemic hitting profits in the agricultural side…

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UK dairy herd costings reveal jump in efficiency

Dairy herds costed by Kite Consulting achieved higher yields from static feed rates in the milk year to March 2020. Kite's latest Milk Monitor Dairy Herd Costings show milk production…

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