UK 2017 TIFF highest for 21 years

Defra’s first estimate of Total Income From Farming (TIFF) in 2017 is the highest figure since 1996, just topping the previous high reached in 2013. But the NFU warns that the 2018 figure is likely to be lower. Defra calculates TIFF – the difference between farm sales...

3 Plots charity cycle challenge this summer

A group of major agricultural companies with a broadly eastern agronomy theme are supporting a four-day, 262-mile charity cycle ride taking place in July this year. The AF Group, AICC, Bayer Crop Science, Corteva Agriscience (DowDuPont), FMC, NIAB, Rotam, and Syngenta...

Successful Dairy Tech to run again in 2019

The inaugural Dairy-Tech event, held at Stoneleigh Park in early February, was well received by exhibitors and visitors, says organiser the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), and will run again in 2019. The event, with 260 exhibitors, two expert...

17% increase in P&K cost lifts agri inflation

A steep price in fertiliser prices has contributed to a 4.5% increase in overall agricultural input price inflation over the last six months, with fuel and animal feed prices also rising. The latest in farmer-owned purchasing group Anglia Farmers (AF)’s series of...

Sharp fall in Scots winter cereals

The Scottish December 2017 agricultural survey shows sharp declines in winter cereal plantings for harvest 2018 in that country. Therefore, demand for spring crop seed will be higher. The winter wheat area in Scotland is down 10,900ha (11%) to 92,000ha. Assuming...

5% of 2017 BPS still unpaid

Figures from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) show that 95.5% of 2017 Basic Payment Scheme monies had been paid by the end of February 2018, three months after the payment widow opened on December 1st 2017. The RPA says that payments totalling £1.59 billion had been...