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June '24 Farm Briefing - New Sustainable Farming Incentives for 2024

At the end of May, DEFRA increased the number of Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) options from 23 to over 100. As BPS funding continues to decline, opportunities exist to take up new SFI options on land where you may already have Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) agreements. Farm Economics have a quick checker below. On the same theme of optimising farm performance, Bayer introduces Fieldview to help optimise inputs and sustainability over the long term. Cefetra Grain put the relatively good period of growth for spring crops in the UK, in the context of European and Global markets. Global leader in remote storage technology, Beyond, provide more information on solutions to ensure vaccine efficacy is maintained and are now offering 10% discount on their monitors. TVE Hire & Sales are the official Bobcat dealer in Southern England and have a number of 0% finance offers on various Bobcat excavators. County Insurance have been providing insurance to farms for 40 years and have an expert team able to discuss your cover needs.



DEFRA have increased the number of options available to farms from 23 to over 100. Farm Economics is helping a number of farms both enhance farm income and meet the SFI aims by making SFI applications on land that is already part of their Countryside Stewardship Agreement. In the table below you can go directly to the relevant DEFRA web page to see the details of all the options.

You can also carry out a quick search below to see if your parcel with a CSS option could also be eligible for an SFI option on the same piece of land. For example, if you have some fields with GS2 as a CSS option, type 'GS2' in the 'Keyword Search' field then press 'Search', and all the SFI options that you could carry out on that piece of land are shown - in this example there are 8 SFI options that you can carry out on some land within the GS2 option.

Take a look below.

Farm Economics is now carrying out SFI applications for farms. To get some key tips and find out more see our latest blog on the topic HERE.

Contact Adam Donaldson at Farm Economics to discuss how to enhance your farm income with SFI.




On the whole, crops are looking better here in the UK, with spring drilled areas having had a good start after a mixture of sunshine and rain in recent weeks.  There is however disease pressure coming into the winter crops in certain areas.  Blackgrass pressure is also rife in places, no thanks to the exceptionally wet autumn/winter.

In terms of fund activity, the speculators remain short of CBoT (Chicago) Wheat and Corn but have turned around their short positions in MATIF (Paris) wheat and corn and have gone long on the back of weather issues in Northern Europe and Russia.  Funds are starting to buy back their short position in CBoT now though, encouraged by the recent move higher across several trading areas. The main driver in recent weeks has been unseasonable weather in Russia, with the north facing winterkill from late frosts and the south seeing prolonged dryness, both leading to reduced yield ideas.

There are still disputes between the USDA and local analysts in Brazil and Argentina with regards to the South American corn crop.  The two main analysts (CONAB and The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange) are estimating there will be circa 15Mmt less than the USDA’s current prediction. The variance is certainly something to keep an eye on, as 15Mmt of Corn is a significant amount.  It’s worth noting that it would be beneficial to South American corn prices if the global trade thinks production is going to be lower, so perhaps their low-balling the production numbers needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.  After all, the USDA should have the most accurate estimates given the amount of money for research and technology they have.

Western Europe continues to see wetter-than-normal weather, which is affecting French drilling progress yet again.  French farmers were hoping to increase corn drilling, given the lower winter wheat and spring barley crops in the ground after continual rainfall since the Autumn.  Continued wet weather has now seen revisions to the corn crop, which may also be adding some support to the market at present.  Eastern Europe (Ukraine and the Balkans) is looking dry and warm, which is not a cause for panic at present, so long as they do get some rains in the next couple of weeks.

Corn remains around £20 cheaper than wheat for use in feed rations in the North of the UK at present, with cargoes having already been booked for new crop.  This inevitably puts a ceiling on how much further wheat and barley values can climb unless Corn also does the same.  As mentioned before, the market has done its job already, pricing the UK to be importing for the season ahead. Therefore, the condition of the UK crop is already factored in.  This does however mean that we will need to track European markets in order to be expensive enough to allow imports.

New crop wheat values are around £215-£220 pre-Christmas at time of writing (22nd May), with barley at a historically high £25/t discount.  OSR is into the £400’s from Sept onwards, but not quite there on old crop (The above prices are location dependant, as always).  All of which are good levels to make a start at given the 6 months we have just had!  There are certainly further weather concerns which could arise between now and harvest, but several are already factored in.

With such a volatile marketplace in recent years, it is always good to place your hedge trades after a big move up.  Milling premiums are sat around the £60+ level for Group 1’s currently, and about £10 less for Group 2’s.

To find out more, please contact the team at Cefetra Grain: Simon Wilcox, Manager – UK Farm Grain Origination, 07774 822507,; Josef Grinczer, Farm Grain Buyer, 07712 325197, ; Ian Jervis, Farm Grain Buyer, 07497 185361,




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One of the global leaders in fridge temperature monitoring and alert system for your livestock vaccines, Beyond, are now offering a 10% discount on monitors.

Livestock vaccines are crucial for animal health, providing a cost-effective method to prevent animal disease, enhance the efficiency of food production and reduce or prevent transmission of infections. Research (HERE) shows in a study of 17 farms that almost 60% of farm fridges had at least one temperature recording above the World Health Organisation standard upper limit of 8 degrees centigrade, and just over half the fridges recorded temperatures below the recommended 2 degrees centigrade. Research indicates that the top end 8 degree centigrade level was breached in farm fridges significantly more between March and August.

The impact of breaching these temperatures depends on the duration of breach and type of vaccines, but there is a vast research base highlighting that temperature breaches will render vaccines much less effective thereby wasting money and most importantly not achieving the aim for which they were purchased.

Founded in 2005, Beyond is one of the leading global solution providers of cold-chain monitoring, working across 150 countries with clients including UNICEF, The World Health Organization, The International Committee for the Red Cross and the Pan American Health Organisation.

Beyond have recently started to supply remote temperature monitoring devices to UK farms to ensure vaccines kept in farm fridges stay within the temperature limits to ensure they are effective.

Along with the monitoring device is a remote alert system (via App, email and/or text message).

You can find out more about Beyond and the devices by contacting Adam at Demand Economics on 07907 581094 or clicking the button below.


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