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Farmer Focus: Huge New Zealand flood wreaks havoc

Canterbury has a bad habit of breaking extended dry spells with a deluge, and it sure did this spectacularly on 31 May. In Valetta, we received 260mm of rain in…

ARABLE

Video: Dutch 156hp robotic tractor launched at Cereals 2021

A Dutch-developed robot that can operate a range of farm machinery implements without a driver is set to be commercially available in the UK, helping farmers improve soil health by…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Pre-harvest machinery prep is in full swing

The pre-harvest machinery preparation is in full swing. Trailers have been serviced and are just awaiting a brake test to ensure they are safe. We are replacing some wearing metal…

SOILS

How two growers are using regenerative ag to protect water

Pressure to reverse excessive nitrate leaching into both the Wessex Water borehole and wider Poole Harbour catchments has led Dorset farmer John Hawkins to radically reshape his farm in the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Strong straw price means baler will be out

It’s raining, so it's my first day in the office for weeks, thank goodness. As I look out the window at the good steady rain falling, it gives me a…

ARABLE

Regen farming data show variable costs cut by 18%

Latest results from the Groundswell benchmarking group show that everything is lower in a regenerative agriculture system, except for the all-important net margin. Variable costs are 18% lower, while labour…

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POTATOES

Defra strikes back with ban on EU seed potato imports

Defra has blocked large-scale imports of seed potatoes from the EU, matching the ban on British exports that has been in place since the start of the year. Up to…

SOILS

Cereals 2021: Standard carbon footprinting tool by 2023

A carbon footprinting tool based on a common, UK industry-wide approach is being developed by the AHDB and Defra and should be ready by the start of 2023, it was…

TECHNOLOGY

Cereals 2021 - Video: Twin-rotor drone set to improve spraying

A new generation drone, designed to improve spraying performance with its twin rotors and smaller, more robust design, aims to transform how farm inputs are applied. The V40 drone, developed…

CEREALS

Cereals 2021: Low-drift nozzle improves coverage

A new nozzle that enhances spray application efficacy, minimises environmental losses and improves blackgrass control is now available to arable farmers and sprayer operators. Combining performance from Syngenta's 3D nozzle…

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WHEAT

Quality wheat variety gains a band of keen followers

Andrew Robinson is set to sharply increase his area of Extase winter wheat next year as this season’s crop looks “phenomenal” and is very clear of disease. The variety has…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How beet growers will benefit from cercospora warning system

A new early warning system for cercospora is being used by the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) following last season’s outbreak, which exacerbated the impact of virus yellows on sugar…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Cereals 2021: E-tools to help plan environmental options

Three e-tools to help with the on-farm planning and delivery of environmental schemes were being demonstrated by the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) at Cereals 2021. Developed as…

SOILS

How two growers are using regenerative ag to protect water

Pressure to reverse excessive nitrate leaching into both the Wessex Water borehole and wider Poole Harbour catchments has led Dorset farmer John Hawkins to radically reshape his farm in the…

ARABLE

Regen farming data show variable costs cut by 18%

Latest results from the Groundswell benchmarking group show that everything is lower in a regenerative agriculture system, except for the all-important net margin. Variable costs are 18% lower, while labour…

ENVIRONMENT

Tree and hedge planting - a farm's return to sustainability

Robert Moore has made it his goal to leave his 356ha arable unit in a better condition than when he took it on in 1988. He and his sister Janet…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Regenerative farming: Is there a place for fungicides?

Regenerative farming systems can be used to minimise dependence on fungicides, but won’t exclude them completely. While most of the growers who have adopted regenerative agriculture are aiming to cut…

VARIETY SELECTION

Why demand is expected to be strong for virus-resistant wheat

Insecticide-free wheat has moved a step closer with the arrival of the hard Group 4 winter wheat variety Wolverine, which is the first to offer barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV)…

VARIETY SELECTION

Biscuit wheat grower reveals his Group 3 variety choices

Biscuit wheats have been a central part of the rotation at EG Hadingham & Sons for many years, where they have performed consistently and provided premium earning opportunities. In most…

PULSES

Winter bean choices include market leader-beating variety

A high-yielding winter bean variety which offers a 10% yield uplift on the current market leader is set to benefit bean growers next season as commercial availability widens. The variety,…

VARIETY SELECTION

What the 5 new winter barley varieties can offer farmers

Five new winter barley varieties are in the frame for this autumn, with a trio of two-row feed types bringing improved yield potential. It’s good to see that these three…

COMPLIANCE

New assurance rules on crops for biofuel from 1 July

Arable farmers need to comply with new rules on growing crops for the biofuel market. From 1 July 2021, production standards set out in the EU Renewable Energy Directive (Red)…

VARIETY SELECTION

Wheat varieties to drill in autumn 2021

Low-risk, resilient wheat varieties are at the top of most wish lists for this autumn, as growers get to grips with the implications of climate change, vanishing support payments and…

BUSINESS

FAO Outlook: Increased food output met by strong demand

Early forecasts point to a resilient global food trade in 2021-22, with increased supplies met by strong demand, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).…

VARIETY SELECTION

How northern farmers could benefit from new soft winter wheat

A new soft Group 4 winter wheat variety that is significantly better for distilling than other variety choices should bring benefits to farmers as well as the end user. Tipped…

SOILS

How a carbon pilot is opening up a direct market for farmers

Very few farmers have so far been paid for sequestering carbon within an arable rotation, but opportunities are beginning to open up, both globally and in the UK. Carl Krefting,…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Huge New Zealand flood wreaks havoc

Canterbury has a bad habit of breaking extended dry spells with a deluge, and it sure did this spectacularly on 31 May. In Valetta, we received 260mm of rain in…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Pre-harvest machinery prep is in full swing

The pre-harvest machinery preparation is in full swing. Trailers have been serviced and are just awaiting a brake test to ensure they are safe. We are replacing some wearing metal…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Strong straw price means baler will be out

It’s raining, so it's my first day in the office for weeks, thank goodness. As I look out the window at the good steady rain falling, it gives me a…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: T1 gamble may not pay off this year

For once, it looks like the eastern part of the country is experiencing wetter conditions than the West. I am sure, however, that as harvest gets closer normal service will…

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CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Counting the cost of the spring weed challenge

June is the time when it becomes clear how effective weed strategies have been, with seed heads waving in the wind above crops. Contact herbicides struggled to give good control…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Keeping wheat crops green and manganese in beet

The priority in winter wheat and barley crops is to keep them green in the coming weeks, thereby maximising grain filling for those high yields. This may mean a rust…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Fusarium and bad year for late-emerging weeds

With T2 sprays largely complete in wheat, thoughts are turning to ear sprays and the fusarium ear blight risk. The T3 is also an opportunity to top up on control…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Weed flushes and rising disease risk in pulses

Recent rain and warmer conditions have seen a flush of weeds, such as volunteer oilseed rape, charlock and mayweed, in winter cereals. Spring pulses have also seen a flush of broad-leaved…

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Report reveals devastation of grain trade failure

Farmers make up more than one-third of the 166 unsecured creditors owed more than £6m by failed grain merchant Alexander Inglis & Son (AIS). Hauliers, merchants, general suppliers and government…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

High demand for best quality straw sees competitive bidding

Demand for standing straw continues to be strong, with the first major auctions in south-west England seeing winter barley straw average £110/acre as livestock farmers seek to restock barns. Greenslade…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Harvest timeline crucial for wheat prices in volatile market

The timing of this year’s harvest is a crucial factor behind the future of feed wheat prices as old- and new-crop values continue to diverge. The average August new wheat…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Global grain forecast points to tiny surplus

Global grain production forecasts for 2021 have increased, shifting the market into a surplus for the first time in five years. The International Grains Council (IGC) projection has suggested a…

BUSINESS

FAO Outlook: Increased food output met by strong demand

Early forecasts point to a resilient global food trade in 2021-22, with increased supplies met by strong demand, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

AF Biomass operation in administration

AF Biomass, a wholly owned subsidiary of the farmer-owned AF Group, has been put into administration by its directors.   The company is a nationwide straw merchant whose services include…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Robust start to standing straw sales

One of earliest standing straw sales of the year saw winter barley average just under £130/acre – about £30/acre more than the equivalent sale a year ago. The sale of…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Political rumour and the weather combine to hit OSR values

Oilseed rape prices have dropped, driven down by improved weather prospects in key growing areas and rumours over US president Joe Biden’s intervention in the biofuel market. Paris Matif rapeseed…

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Each set of prices comes from a single merchant, co-op or broker, and are the latest prices being paid to farmers. Ranges of prices, within one category relate to the distance of the farm from the buyer. Oilseed rape prices are latest spot and forward prices, not contract prices. Ex farm prices vary with the distance from Hull, Liverpool and Erith, crushing factories.

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CULTIVATORS

Cereals 2021: Izona shows low-disturbance subsoiler

After stealing the limelight with its direct-drill launch at Groundswell, Izona hit the Cereals showground with a low-disturbance subsoiler designed to crack compacted ground without causing too much disruption. It…

CEREAL DRILLS

Cereals 2021: He-Va's Stealth subsoiler gets OSR kit

Opico is to offer He-Va's Stealth subsoiler with a drilling kit for crops such as oilseed rape, following strong demand for the machine since its launch at Lamma in 2019.…

CEREAL DRILLS

Cereals 2021: Brock monster 12m Campaign drill

A 12m version of J Brock and Sons’ Campaign drill was the main talking point on the Essex-based dealer's Cereals stand. And with a whopping 13.35m version designed for those…

CULTIVATORS

Cereals 2021: Agriweld launches low-disturbance cultivators

East Yorkshire-based Agriweld has developed a brace of low-disturbance cultivators as it continues to widen its tillage offering. The new Min Disc (pictured above) and Min Dis have been two…