AIC’s guidelines for coping with forage shortage

The AIC, AHDB and NFU have collaborated over guidance to ruminant livestock farmers and their nutritionists on managing depleted stocks of forage and feed materials, after the extremes of weather seen so far in 2018. The late spring slowed grass growth and turnout,...

Bearish WASDE stifles oilseed trade

Potential sellers of rapeseed, notably farmers, were already sitting on their hands before last week’s WASDE report sent prices, particularly in the US futures market, lower. Even though the prices being quoted have firmed, they still aren’t enough to bring out the...

Defra Code to reduce farm ammonia emissions

Defra has published a new guide to reducing ammonia emissions to help improve air quality, aimed at farmers, contractors and their advisors. The voluntary Code of Good Agricultural Practice (COGAP) for Reducing Ammonia Emissions has been written by Defra in...

Initial cereal quality holding up despite drought

Despite the prolonged dry weather and early harvest, early indications of GB winter cereal and rapeseed yields and quality are perhaps better than expected. However, there is no data on spring crops yet, which have had a short growing season between the late spring...

Wheat yields lower, but quality good: prices up

While the early harvest is seeing a drop in wheat yields in the UK and across northern Europe after the exceptionally hot, dry weather, UK grain quality is holding up. Meanwhile, prices are rising as the market digests the prospect of lower production volumes. “We are...

AHDB calculator to prepare for Brexit

The AHDB has launched an online calculator to help farmers and growers understand how they may be affected by potential Brexit scenarios. The Brexit Impact Calculator is part of a wider suite of practical business tools unveiled by the AHDB to help farmers review...