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Harvest 2018: Wheat a week off in Scottish Highlands

Wheat harvest continues with variable yields and quality across England, while in the Highlands of Scotland it is still a week away. One growing concern north of the border is…

BOVINE TB

‘Staggering’ TB cattle slaughter rate sees calls for action

Measures to eradicate bovine TB across Wales are not working and urgent action needs to be taken to prevent the hugely damaging and unsustainable scale of loss in the industry.…

HARVEST

Harvest 2018: Malting barley quality good despite low yields

The spring malting barley harvest is set to produce enough quality grain for the maltsters despite lower yields due to a shortened growing season. A late wet spring followed by…

BUSINESS

Egg packer Blackdown Hills enters administration

Troubled egg packer Blackdown Hills Enterprises has formally entered administration after ceasing to trade at the end of July. The company, which in its latest financial results posted a turnover …

BUSINESS

Feed price increases erode egg producer margins

Free-range egg producers are calling for a farmgate price increase as the cost of feed continues to spiral. Heatwaves affecting many of Europe’s major wheat-growing nations have hit crop yields,…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Alternative forage options for dairy cows this winter

Dairy farmers facing a shortfall in forage need to react now and secure feed with prices and supplies of alternative feed options expected to worsen. Already feed prices have gone…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Defra minister criticised for supporting Roundup on Twitter

A Defra minister has come under fire on Twitter for pledging her support for Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup. A landmark case in California last week saw a jury rule in favour…

BLACKGRASS

How an Aussie invention can help improve weed control

The use of a combine chaff deck at harvest, which dumps the chaff along with most of the weed seeds in the tramlines, was so encouraging last summer for one…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Will I regret waiting to cultivate soils?

The sooner we can get the next crop in the ground and put the 2018 crop behind us, the better. A career low was reached this year with our oilseed…

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NEWS

Opinion: Memories of 1976 show progress has been made

I was only five at the time of last drought. I know – it’s hard to believe. No, not that I am nearing 50… rather that it has taken 42…

BREXIT

Opinion: Cheap food after Brexit is an illusion

Brexit creating strong opinions is nothing new. Yet in food, we continue to see some exaggerated statements when it comes to the potential impact on prices. Yes, part of the…

YOUNG FARMERS

Opinion: New approach needed for NFYFC convention

After 50 years, the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) annual convention is coming to an end. This is a brave decision and I applaud the NFYFC council –…

NEWS

Opinion: How innovation could reduce ordering drudgery

Like most people, I guess, I am a big fan of anything that simplifies my life while simultaneously saving me money. Which is why I am particularly pleased with the…

Brexit

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BREXIT

Farm leaders voice concern over 'no-deal' Brexit

Farm leaders have voiced growing concern over the prospect of a no-deal Brexit and the effect it will have on UK agriculture. Northern Ireland’s beef, sheep and hill farming sectors…

BREXIT

Opinion: Cheap food after Brexit is an illusion

Brexit creating strong opinions is nothing new. Yet in food, we continue to see some exaggerated statements when it comes to the potential impact on prices. Yes, part of the…

NEWS

Low self-sufficiency 'reinforces need for proper farm support'

UK self-sufficiency in food has stagnated, suggest new figures which show that the country would go hungry for the rest of the year if the nation relied purely on British…

BREXIT

Hard Brexit must be avoided at all costs, farmers tell PM

Farm leaders urged Theresa May to avoid a hard Brexit at all costs during talks at the Royal Welsh Show on Thursday (26 July). The prime minister toured the Builth…

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ARABLE

Harvest 2018: Wheat a week off in Scottish Highlands

Wheat harvest continues with variable yields and quality across England, while in the Highlands of Scotland it is still a week away. One growing concern north of the border is…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Defra minister criticised for supporting Roundup on Twitter

A Defra minister has come under fire on Twitter for pledging her support for Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup. A landmark case in California last week saw a jury rule in favour…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Will I regret waiting to cultivate soils?

The sooner we can get the next crop in the ground and put the 2018 crop behind us, the better. A career low was reached this year with our oilseed…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Record number of farmers tender for cover crop funding

A record number of farmers have bid for funding to grow cover crops over winter and help protect water quality. United Utilities’ online reverse auction allowed Cheshire farmers, who own…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Farmers reassured about glyphosate after US court ruling

UK farm leaders and agrochemical companies insist that glyphosate remains safe and will continue to be available following a landmark ruling in California which found that the weedkiller had caused cancer in…

VARIETY SELECTION

Three potato varieties show more tolerance to nematodes

Newer potato varieties such as Royal, Lanorma and Iodea are showing useful levels of resistance to the spud industry’s biggest pest problem, potato cyst nematode (PCN). Graham Tomalin, agronomist at…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Ergot proves to be the Achilles' heel of rye

There has been a sharp contrast between the sands and chalks this harvest. At the Royston farm the crops on the chalks have still produced respectable results, while crops up…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Close call with crop fire and dual carriageway

Surely we will look back on harvest 2018 as one of the most relaxed ever. We have been able to start up the combine as early as 8am and cut…

Livestock

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Lessons learned after change of milk powder

Last month we were getting more nervous by the day about the lack of moisture and therefore lack of available forage for both grazing and cropping. Since then, fortunately, we've…

SHEEP

Nematodirus and gut worm challenge a risk despite heatwave

Sheep are still at risk from worms and nematodirus despite the hot weather, according to reports from across the country. Keith Cutler, a vet with Endell Veterinary Group in Wiltshire, said he…

TAKING STOCK

Holstein dispersal sees 10 make 2,000gns or more

Drought and winter feed worries meant trade was restrained on older cows or cows with faults, but a well-attended on-farm sale saw 10 cows make more than 2,000gns and a…

FARM POLICY

Gove urged to stand by his words and save UK’s abattoirs

Campaigners for the protection of local abattoirs have called for Defra secretary Michael Gove to take urgent action to save the UK’s “huge national asset”. Co-ordinated by the Campaign for…

TAKING STOCK

Thame averages slide £12.50 as drought affects buying

Grazing concerns and a drop in ewe condition were the main drought-related factors that restrained prices at Thame last week (2-3 August) as 25,821 sheep went under the hammer. Averages…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Baling roadsides - beer cans and all

We are in the middle of our worst drought since the 1950s here in eastern Kansas. In a normal year we should have had about 635mm of rain at this…

WEATHER

Video: Drought-hit dairy farmers determined not to sell cows

Two Anglesey dairy farmers who have been among the hardest-hit by the drought are determined to spend their way out of trouble instead of selling cattle. Business partners Johnjo Roberts…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

New pneumonia vaccine available for calves

Animal health company Boehringer Ingelheim has launched an intranasal vaccine for calves. Bovalto Respi Intranasal protects against the two main respiratory viruses – RSV and PI3. The vaccine triggers mucosal…

Machinery

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4X4S

Mercedes adds V6 option to X-Class pickup

After plenty of hints and whispers, Mercedes has finally lumped a V6 engine into its new X350d pickup trucks. See also: Pickup test: VW Amarok V6 Previously the only six-pot…

TECHNOLOGY

McCormick fits Topcon hardware in the factory

Tractor brand McCormick and precision specialist Topcon have struck an agreement to make fitting satellite guidance systems to the red tractors a simple task.   See also: 6 budget GPS…

COMBINES

Updated Claas Tucano gets Montana levelling option

Combine market leader Claas has revamped its range of mid-ranking Tucano machines, aimed at farmers who want near-Lexion power, but struggle to justify the larger price tag.  Catching the eye…

ATVS AND UTVS

On test: John Deere Gator XUV 855M buggy

Diesel might be the current fuel of choice for farm buggies, but there’s a new wave of petrol-powered machines looking to reverse that trend. To find out which colour of…

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Will I regret waiting to cultivate soils?

The sooner we can get the next crop in the ground and put the 2018 crop behind us, the better. A career low was reached this year with our oilseed…

YOUNG FARMERS

Gloucestershire gay young farmer shares his coming-out story

Stuart Gardener is typical of a farming 20-something. Having grown up with agriculture “in his blood”, the 28-year-old would love to have his own farm one day. In the meantime,…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Lessons learned after change of milk powder

Last month we were getting more nervous by the day about the lack of moisture and therefore lack of available forage for both grazing and cropping. Since then, fortunately, we've…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Ergot proves to be the Achilles' heel of rye

There has been a sharp contrast between the sands and chalks this harvest. At the Royston farm the crops on the chalks have still produced respectable results, while crops up…

Business

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BUSINESS

Egg packer Blackdown Hills enters administration

Troubled egg packer Blackdown Hills Enterprises has formally entered administration after ceasing to trade at the end of July. The company, which in its latest financial results posted a turnover …

BUSINESS

Feed price increases erode egg producer margins

Free-range egg producers are calling for a farmgate price increase as the cost of feed continues to spiral. Heatwaves affecting many of Europe’s major wheat-growing nations have hit crop yields,…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Welsh slurry storage improvement grant scheme to reopen

A £6m scheme offering Welsh farmers capital grants to help them improve their slurry storage and handling will reopen on 3 September. The Welsh government has confirmed another round of…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Three grain co-ops merge to become Trinity Grain

Three farmer-owned co-operatives based in the south of England have merged to create a new grain storage and marketing firm Trinity Grain. The business brings together the membership and assets…

COMPLIANCE

New rules announced for slurry spreading in drought

The Environment Agency (EA) has introduced special measures for spreading slurry or milk in England in exceptional weather circumstances in order to minimise soil damage and water pollution during this…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Force majeure in farm contracts - understand the small print

Force majeure clauses in farm contracts should be checked in light of recent weather conditions, as the hot dry weather is affecting farmers’ ability to meet the requirements to deliver…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Analysts question how much further grain markets can climb

Domestic grain prices have reported fresh increases as yield forecasts across Europe continue to fall and a deterioration in the value of the pound made importing alternative products costlier. Feed…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Improved demand provokes sharp lamb price increase

Lamb finishers have been rewarded this week for responding to increased demand by seeing sharply higher prices despite larger numbers arriving at market. Buyers have been keen to cover orders…

LAND MARKETS

Sporting estate market strengthened by UK’s unique appeal

An air of caution hangs over the UK’s sporting estate market but the appetite for best-in-class remains strong. Political uncertainty affecting buyers is one of the only discernible trends agents…

MILK PRICES

Supply fears push up Meadow Foods milk price

Meadow Foods is the latest milk processor to up its milk price as the drought increases fears of a shortage of milk this winter. The milk buyer increased its standard…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Droughty harvest balanced by rising grain prices

Further grain price rises are likely as global weather conditions and impending trade wars continue to play out, says COFCO UK trading director Stuart Shiells. The closing words of the…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Drought driving more dairy dispersal sales

Concerns about feed supplies have led to a rise in dairy dispersal sales across the UK and pulled sales forward from the usual autumn period.  Prices for some commercial dairy…

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Month Price Change
Nov '18 186.50 5.75
Jan '19 188.60 5.75
Mar '19 191.75 5.65
May '19 192.20 5.55
Jul '19 185.95 4.10
Nov '19 169.50 2.60
Jan '20 171.30 2.60
Mar '20 172.10 2.60

Careers

FINANCE

Less than a month left to apply for dairy masterclasses

Dairy farmers have until the end of August to apply to attend a series of dairy business management masterclasses being held across the UK. The Entrepreneurs in Dairying training programme…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

How to create an alluring covering letter

The aim of a covering letter is to encourage potential employers to read your CV. While a CV sets out your skills and experience, the covering letter gives you the…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

How experience outside farming improves your ag career

Gaining experience in a non-agricultural profession often gives returning farmers a new outlook and makes them more innovative and open to new ideas. That’s according to Claire Wright, rural surveyor…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Kickstart your arable writing career at Farmers Weekly

If you know your T1 from your triticale, enjoy meeting arable growers and have an aptitude for writing, then Farmers Weekly has just the job for you. We are looking…