Mid-Tier 2018 – Application Window Changes?

A number of Natural England managers have confirmed that for 2018 they are looking to bring the current deadline to submit applications forward from 30th Sept to 31st July.  Given how many are finding the current deadline tight given how slow application packs were sent out to begin with coupled with a potential cross over […]

Sulphur in Soils

We all know that there is less Sulphur being released into the atmosphere and that’s a good thing for the future.  It does mean though that crops need to receive more Sulphur applied by either FYM, slurry or inorganic fertilisers. Sulphur is available from the soil, but the amount will depend on the soil type.  […]

Forward Market Performance

FMP is AHDB’s market indicator which tracks the difference between current market prices and prices of the small amount of dairy product traded on futures contracts.  The table below indicates that the FMP calculates that the milk price trend turned upwards again as from August 2017, having stalled last month. Please note also that the […]

Keep Bedding Costs Under Control

Many farms are finding themselves short of straw with yields, in particular on late harvested crops, being some 30-40% down on expectations.  With prices of straw looking to rise sharply over coming months, now is a good time to look at bedding strategies and whether there are alternatives to using straw at high cost. Many […]