Spring wheat seed market firms up

By FWi staff

INCREASING enquiries and provisional bookings of spring wheat seed over recent days have seen prices firm.

Many merchants are reporting interest in spring varieties as heavy rainfall and saturated land conditions leave many farmers wondering whether they will be able to drill winter wheat as planned.

Reports from Scotland suggest some growers have abandoned drilling winter wheat altogether, says Dalgetys national seed manager Barry Barker.

Further south there are still “a couple of months to get winter wheat in”.

SCATS Agriproducts Tim Hirst says: “Its desperate out there, but things could improve.”

He warns the seed trade to be responsible when setting seed prices and that growers should book some spring seed cover, if they can buy it below 300/t.

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