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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

Bayer sells animal health division to Elanco

Chemical manufacturing giant Bayer is selling its animal health division to the US pet and livestock drug specialist Elanco. The deal, worth $7.6bn (£6.28bn), will see Bayer’s farm animal products…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Weak pound pushes up farm costs

The pound has lost 8% of its value in just three months, making imported inputs more expensive but offering better export prospects for some UK farm produce. With a no-deal…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Biofuels promise to reduce farmers' carbon footprint

Farmers can turn diesel-guzzling tractors into greener machines with the help of a new type of fuel made from vegetable fats and oils. Fuel supplier Crown Oil suggests farmers can…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Good crops cause hay and straw prices to tumble

Hay has tumbled to below the price of straw in some parts of the country after losing half its value compared to last season's record prices. At Goostrey Produce Market…

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