If the best global grain traders couldn’t have predicted recent market moves, how do you decide when to fix your grain price?

September 1st 2022

Cash flow payments, any storage or logistical restrictions, and knowing the real quality of your harvested grain as well as the gross value are key to making decisions around price. I was recently asked if marketing grain would ever be easy, says Openfield’s head of compliance, shipping and research, Cecilia Pryce. I did contemplate replying […]

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Predicting harvest results is nigh on impossible – so who is now driving the need for accurate and timely UK data?

August 1st 2022

The first provisional UK crop number may not be available until October – so it’s important that individual farmers clearly identify their crop sizes and quality as soon as practically possible. At the time of writing, in the midst of a heatwave in mid-July, the ‘weather gods’ seem to realise the pain that will be […]

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How do we keep the focus on what we all do, and educate the public that farming and food matter?

July 1st 2022

Uncertainty has led to price volatility, which in turn requires greater vigilance when it comes to grain contracts, as well as detecting any fraud – be it in short-delivered goods, fuel theft or by ‘fortifying’ commodities. In the latest Government Food Strategy for England paper, there was a comment that referred to the ‘critical importance […]

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With farming requiring one of the most diverse skill sets of any job sector, have you considered further education?

June 1st 2022

Farmers are expected to know and understand every element of farm business, from livestock management to soil science to cash flow – but few of us know it all, and further training could be the answer.  With the exam season upon us and families around the country feeling the strain of teenage stress, I was […]

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Openfield boosts customer service with major investment in transport fleet

May 24th 2022

Openfield is investing heavily in its transport fleet and driver recruitment to improve grain and input deliveries at a time when heavy haulage is under immense pressure. Over the past year the farmer-owned grain marketing and arable inputs co-operative has grown its HGV fleet rapidly and is now gearing up to expand further, by hiring […]

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With commodity prices reaching previously untraded territory, the effect on supply and demand is an unknown

May 1st 2022

In such a volatile market, every tonne of grain needs to be carefully looked after in order to preserve both its quality and price – with moisture a key area of concern when it comes to storage. Some days I feel we all need a crystal ball, comments Openfield’s head of compliance, shipping and research, […]

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