3 March 2000


HOW cheaply can you grow a tonne of wheat? As markets remain on the floor that is the question every grower is asking this spring.

To focus attention on this important issue farmers weekly has joined with leading agrochemicals supplier BASF to stage the Unit Cost Challenge 2000.

This concentrates on the variable and operational costs of production to identify the best agronomy and production expert. What we are focusing on are the variable, machinery and labour costs for each tonne of wheat grown.

Did you manage to strike the best balance between quality, yield and cost last year? If so take a moment now to jot some figures down in the panel below.

Who knows, a few quick calculations could set you on the path to winning £2000-worth of BASFs Landmark (epoxiconazole + kresoxim-methyl) fungicide.

£2000 top prize

Top prize is £2000-worth of BASFs popular strobilurin fungicide Landmark (epoxiconazole + kresoxim-methyl) plus an engraved trophy. The winner and runners-up will receive framed certificates.

Sponsors message

"WITH the current economic pressure on arable farming it is vital that growers and advisors are fully aware of the factors which affect profitability. However, to do this there must be a full awareness of the true costs of producing cereals.

The professional cereal grower is able to account for every penny that is invested in a crop and more importantly knows what the likely return is going to be from this investment.

BASF is acutely aware of this and has over the past 20 years invested heavily in basic agronomy research at our four trial sites across the UK. This has allowed growers and advisors to fully exploit advances in chemistry such as Landmark and Opus.

This is not the total picture, however, which is why BASF is sponsoring the Unit Cost Challenge. Profit and survival for all of us is dependent on quality grain being produced as efficiently as possible.

We hope you use this opportunity to examine your production costs – and enter the Unit Cost Challenge to see whether you are amongst the most cost effective growers in the land."

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