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Frontrunner - 19th October 2018

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WHEAT Quiet markets drift Fresh market features have been lacking this week and, helped by firmer sterling, UK wheat prices have dropped to a four-wee...
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Using SOYL services with a Trimble control box

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​ As part of my role in the SOYL Customer Support team, much of my time is spent helping growers with hardware. Unsurprisingly, as Trimble is one of t...
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Frontrunner - 12th October 2018

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WHEAT UK markets UK wheat markets have traded defensively this week. Demand continues to be serviced by the market in an orderly fashion, keeping pric...
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Planning field scouting before you get to the field

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Oh, to be more organised! Much of what we see around the farm is reactive, driving past a field or walking across it and recording what you see. This ...
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Soil: your farm's greatest asset

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This blog was first featured as an article in the October issue of Three Counties Farmer : Every conversation I have with people in the agricultural w...
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The value of fresh phosphate fertiliser

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​ For the most part, many of us will admit that when it comes to fertiliser applications we can be guilty of concentrating solely on the application o...
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Hold your nerve – don’t drill fields with bad black-grass until mid-October

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The drilling of cereals is progressing at pace in many parts of the UK, with the majority of crops going into good seedbeds. However, there are some a...
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Think like a racing driver when selling your grain

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This blog was first featured as an article in the October issue of Three Counties Farmer : There are few jobs that could be classed as 24/7, 365 days ...
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Frontrunner - 5th October 2018

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WHEAT  Demand for UK feed narrows premiums Consumer demand for feed wheat leant support to UK prices this week, with futures and physical grain t...
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We had the wind in our sails at Tillage Live 2018

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I had the pleasure of attending Tillage Live 2018 last week. This year, the event was held in Dunbar, East Lothian and although SOYL have always suppo...
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Will reduced availability of certified bean seed present a market opportunity?

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While we have all enjoyed the long, hot summer of 2018 it has many things to answer for including the failure of a large percentage of potential certi...
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Get the most from your yield map data

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​ Imagine if there was a way to automatically know which areas of your production system are most profitable and those which are loss-making. Wouldn't...
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The importance of accurate and detailed soil sampling

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As I write this, I am travelling on the train from Edinburgh to Newark. What is great about travelling on the train is seeing, in detail, the beautifu...
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Catch crops: don’t get caught out

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Catch crops, sown in the summer, can be used very effectively as part of an Ecological Focus Area (EFA) greening requirement. These crops offer potent...
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Using iSOYL for variable rate seed

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Launched just over three years ago, iSOYL is an app that turns your Apple iPad into a variable rate application system, allowing you to manage your pr...
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Frontrunner - 28th September 2018

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WHEAT  Slow trade This week's wheat market has moved in a very narrow trading range, seeing no fresh features of note giving any particular price...
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Market report - 24th September 2018

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World markets: Chicago wheat futures closed slightly lower on Friday but still showed a net gain of 2% on the week. After starting lower early last we...
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Frontrunner - 21st September 2018

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WHEAT  Market reactions UK markets fought back this week with £5/t gains on London wheat futures, reversing the downward trend seen for the major...
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What to do now as we approach the beet lifting season?

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Crop differences Planting of the 2018 beet crop was delayed by wet soils, with most crops going into the ground in April. Ironically, what happened ne...
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Market report - 18th September 2018

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World markets: US wheat futures continued to slide yesterday. The fund sell off that started with the USDA report last Wednesday night has continued i...
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