The HGCA’s Early Bird Survey of farmers’ planting intentions shows a sharp rise in the total area of wheat and winter barley for next year’s harvest.
The team of agronomists assessing 280,000 hectares (ha) of arable land across Great Britain forecast that the total wheat area, including spring wheat, will increase by 22% to 1.98m hectares at the UK level.
Winter barley is also set to increase 55% to 484,000ha compared with 2013, and is the highest UK winter barley area seen in a decade.
Additionally, the survey predicts the second highest oilseed rape area ever cropped, behind 2012, at 740,000ha, an increase of 3% against the estimated harvest of 2013.
Jack Watts, HGCA lead analyst, said: “This autumn we’ve had good drilling conditions across the UK and, as a consequence, we are looking at a return to a more normal cropping mix for harvest 2014 following a large shift to spring cropping in 2013.
“The return of a more normal UK wheat area is the first step to the UK returning to the export market, although yields and quality remain weather dependent. History shows that when farmers are able to turn intentions into reality, the Early Bird Survey gives a good indication of areas for key autumn sown crops in the UK.”
Due to the good autumn planting conditions compared with last year, areas of spring barley, pulses and fallow land are expected to fall to pre-2013 levels.
The spring barley area is forecast to drop 40% to 534,000ha and, although the oat area looks set to decrease by 26% to 130,000ha, this still represents a relatively large area of oats.”
The programme to eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is moving into its third phase with the introduction of control measures on January 1, 2014. These are:
l Restricting movement of animals infected with BVD.
l Placing temporary restrictions on holdings that have failed to test.
l BVD herd status to be declared prior to any movement from the herd.
United Auctions sold 524 store heifers at Stirling on Wednesday to a top of 268p per kg and an average of 220.8p (-2.8p on the week), while 780 store, beef-bred bullocks peaked at 300p and levelled at 228.9p (-4.3p). One-hundred-and-twelve store, B&W bullocks sold to 155.6p and averaged 148.8p (-4p).
In the rough ring 241 cows averaged 109.4p.
The firm also had 2567 store and breeding sheep forward.
Top prices and averages for store lambs: Beltex to £74 and averaged £67.67 (-£2.15 on the week); Suffolks £75 and £64.87 (+£1.47); Texels £68.50 and £62.05 (-57p); Mules £64.50 and £53.05 (-£4.12); Blackfaces £58 and £41.67 (-£3.45).
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/wheat-and-winter-barley-key-crops-for-next-year2019s-harvest-world-grain)