With growers of 30ha or more now having to grow at least three different crop types under the new greening rules, spring seed availability is expected to tighten. Due to this, Mulika, the spring wheat market leader, has already seen a great amount of interest from growers and is expected to sell out. Its excellent disease resistance package, high yield potential and superb grain quality makes it very popular for growers looking for an additional milling premium.
Belepi is classified as a winter wheat. However, it does benefit from a very wide sowing window from October through to early April. Its early vigour in the spring could help when trying to compete against black-grass and is ideal to follow potatoes, root crops and maize.
Once again Gleadell Null-Lox malting barley varieties have been extremely popular and have already sold out. However, there are many other spring barley varieties to consider. KWS Irina is the highest yielding spring barley variety on the 2014/15 Recommended List, with no disease weaknesses and a yield advantage of 5% over Propino. Another alternative is Sanette, from breeder Syngenta, which has shown high yield potential across all regions of the UK and is the highest yielding variety with provisional IBD approval for brewing.
Granular urea has continued to slide, although the rate of correction has slowed. Egyptian producers are now back online or in the process of restarting production, raising the outlook of increased supply for export. Bids on Egyptian product represent a $20-25/t drop from where business was last done. Weak demand globally due to grain prices and the impending river closures in the US is limiting demand to northern regions. However Europe will be entering the market soon. The overall feeling is that the market is correcting ahead of more buying later this month for Nov-Jan shipment periods, but that a floor is not too far away. Prilled prices have remained firmer, with production issues in the Black Sea, high domestic demand in China and restrictions at the main ports limiting export. Strong demand for prilled urea is thought to uphold the market with a current Indian tender underway and another tender expected in November.
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 it 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 an October to February-delivered farm basis. If you are starting to plan your options for next year this is a product well worth considering.
In the UK, GrowHow prices are to rise with new terms released for November and December delivery periods, totalling a £6/t increase for Nov and a further £3/t for December. In Europe Yara announced a €8/t increase to its 33.5% product following the previous €10/t increase seen in mid-September. Imported product also follows the trend with sharp price rises in Polish and Lithuanian AN for November shipment periods. Price rises are supported by firmer ammonia costs due to increased demand from the industrial sector.
Phosphate and potash
Many growers are now getting towards the end of drilling and are beginning to turn their attention to spring fertiliser requirements. With this in mind we can offer spring NPK grades for a range of delivery periods. With finance available growers should strongly consider locking in some cover at these levels.