All articles about Input markets and prices

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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How forward-buying feed can save farmers money

One dairy farmer has used precise feed planning to improve his business consistently over the past twenty years. Derrick Davies, who milks 300 cows near Reading, Berkshire, buys rape, soya…

Global competition hotting up in fertiliser markets

This month has seen little movement of fertiliser and apart from local price fluctuations, little change in pricing. Imported ammonium nitrate remains competitive, however. It is therefore useful to look…

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Winter feed prices set for big price rise in tight market

Compound feed prices are expected to rise by between £25/t and £40/t for winter deliveries between November and April. This would put an 18% protein high-energy dairy ration in the…


Fertiliser prices rise on higher global demand

Nitrogen prices are rising, with new manufacturer price lists expected this week. Midweek, prices for UK produced ammonium nitrate (AN) were at £250/t to £260/t for September through to December…


Merchants sold out of hay and silage

Farmer-to-farmer deals dominate hay and silage trade as merchants had little to any stocks left. Fodder is of extremely varied quality and at such a range of prices no national…


Animal feed production figures smashed after extreme weather

Farmers battling extreme weather have been using record amounts of animal feed to make up for shortfalls in fodder. According to the most recent statistics from Defra, the amount of…

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