With biofuel potentially leading the way on the path to ‘net zero’, is this the way forward for UK agriculture?

April 1st 2021

While fertiliser type and usage play a large part in carbon reduction, biofuels are being touted as the next big thing – but farmers need to ensure feedstock is compliant at the very least, before they can seize any E10 opportunities. The last year has taught us all several things. Amongst the positives, we saw […]

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With higher yielding wheat varieties and more efficient inputs available these days, why can’t we keep up with demand?

March 1st 2021

Despite these improvements, wheat yields are comparable to those of 30 years ago. So, the question is, how can farmers meet increasing demand for cereals despite weather extremes and the pressure to farm sustainably? Meanwhile, fertiliser markets remain firm, and post-flood soil testing is recommended. How many hectares of wheat are harvested annually around the […]

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While imports have continued post-Brexit, it’s more important than ever to identify and measure the amount of goods grown in the UK

February 1st 2021

The new rules and systems put in place for imports and exports are causing some headaches, cereal values are increasing globally and demand is high, while fertiliser prices are also on the up and early deliveries are being encouraged. A new year, and many new challenges are ahead of us all, says Openfield’s head of […]

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Openfield delivers profit

January 12th 2021

Openfield Group Limited has reported its results to 30 June 2020. The British farmer-owned grain marketing and arable inputs co-operative has reported profits of £0.4m for the year to 30 June 2020 (2019: Profit £0.5m), in line with expectations. Openfield not only performed well for its members but also positioned itself confidently to face into […]

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In order to progress and meet sustainability targets, the real value of inputs, variety and commodity needs to be understood

January 4th 2021

With the area of UK planted OSR apparently waning, continuing demand for oil and protein meal products could lead to more imports with questionable pedigree in the coming year, while the urea market remains strong and steady. We are all told from a young age that you can’t stand in the way of progress, but […]

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Education is needed on the traceability of grain, and investment in grain passports could return dividends

December 1st 2020

When the UK formally leaves the EU in January, it will be down to us to prove the standards of British grain is comparable, while fertiliser requirements also should be considered in light of Brexit, and urea is under the Defra spotlight. How do you put a Union Jack on grain? Any trader will tell […]

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