Seed deliveries are now in full flow. Haulage has become extremely tight due to a shortage of curtain-sided lorries though seed continues to be moved as quickly as possible. Due to this high demand, prices have started to rise to cope with these pressures.
Cougar, which has performed very well in trials this year, remains available for growers. Cougar has one of the best foliar resistance packages available with the highest untreated yields in trials. With many growers delaying drilling into October to try to battle against blackgrass, Belepi is a good varietal choice. Belepi shouldn’t be drilled until the middle of October at the earliest, and its wide sowing window combined with early vigour in the spring could help growers when trying to out compete black-grass.
For winter barley growers KWS Glacier remains available. However, stocks are now tight, but KWS Tower remains available as a quality alternative, being the joint top two-row variety for yield. SY Venture remains available for malting barley growers as well as Talisman, a new variety, which is progressing into its second year of testing for full IBD approval.
Winter bean seed is extremely tight so we would urge growers to cover their requirements quickly. Stocks will sell out.
After six consecutive weeks of witnessing the urea market move from strength to strength, there are signs that it could be running out of steam. Prices have traded up to $393/t FOB Egypt this week (approx. £305/t del farm) . It is thought that prices may have peaked, but it remains uncertain whether we will see any major price correction in the short term. There is still some significant global demand from Europe, India and South America, which may keep this market buoyant over the coming weeks. But is the market sustainable? With weakening global grain prices something will have to give to force new demand into the market.
Alzon ® 46
A product used widely in Germany and a new approach being adopted in the UK. This stabilised nitrogen fertiliser is a large granule, averaging 3.5mm with a bulk density of 800 kg/m3. A nitrification inhibitor is added during the manufacturing process so is completely incorporated within each individual granule. The use of this environmentally friendly product involves less work and it can be included in any fertiliser programme. Gleadell can offer Alzon on a November and December-delivered farm basis. If you are starting to plan your options for next year this is a product well worth considering. With urea and ammonium nitrate prices firming, Alzon is currently a very cost-effective alternative.
After increases across Europe and the UK, ammonium nitrate prices have again only managed to trade sideways this week. Imported values remain static, trading at the usual discount to UK manufactured product. It is interesting to highlight the amount of demand still to surface in the UK to catch up with a ‘typical’ year. There are many growers that have not bought a tonne and, with a predicted figure of over 1mln t of product still to be delivered to farm and a shortening delivery window, more price increments are expected. The fertiliser industry could potentially see a huge bottleneck in the run up to spring application and so consideration should now be given to taking a percentage of spring fertiliser requirements to spread the risk. Gleadell can offer very competitive finance deals to suit all circumstances until 2015. For more information please contact your local Gleadell farm trader or the fertiliser department on 01427 421244.
Phosphates continue to firm both globally and in the UK. Although much of the autumn demand has now been covered, there are still some large shorts that need covering and this will keep the market firm for the short term. With regard to potash, we have seen a very flat market for most of the year, however things do look to be firming. Blenders in the UK have continued their price increases this week on both spring and autumn grades.