Now that we have reached the main drilling window for winter cereal seed we have started to see growers looking for top-up orders.
For growers who have decided to delay drilling until October Belepi should be the variety of choice. Belepi has a very wide sowing window (October through to early April) and is very vigorous in the spring, outcompeting blackgrass. With a yield equivalent to leading Group 3 and 4 wheats it is ideal for drilling following root crops and maize.
KWS Glacier winter barley seed has now sold out, but KWS Tower remains available. It is the joint top two-row variety for yield so remains a quality alternative.
The top two malting varieties SY Venture and Talisman also remain available for growers.
Winter bean seed continues to be extremely tight. We would urge growers to cover their requirements urgently.
Looking forward to the spring, Gleadell will be able to offer both Mulika and KWS Willow, both high performing spring wheats. Mulika is now the market leader and combines a very high yield potential with superb grain quality. KWS Willow has a wide sowing window and good disease resistance, including resistance to mildew and yellow rust.
A more subdued week after last week’s Indian tender saw signs of cracks starting to develop with lower offers being submitted. This could mean we have seen the ceiling; the market has reacted and traded down by over $10/t. Low grain prices continue to be an issue in most major markets including Brazil, Europe and the US, and Chinese producers have lowered their urea values to encourage buyers back to the market. Going forward a correction in the market is now a possibility as talk of gas supply issues in Egypt start to ease and producers at last may see an opportunity to step up production.
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 800kg/m3. A nitrification inhibitor is added during the manufacturing process so is completely incorporated within each individual granule. The use of this is environmentally friendly product involves less work and it can be included in any fertiliser programme. Gleadell can offer Alzon on a November and December 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.
UK producers moved to October terms this week, up a further £5/t from September. Imported AN prices have also firmed. Globally, the AN market continues to firm after a $30/t increase was seen in the ammonia market this week.
There are still significant AN tonnages to be sold in the UK with the market potentially 20% back on deliveries when compared to last year. This means an ever-increasing likelihood that a huge bottleneck will develop. Taking product now and financing it will be a cheaper option in the longer term than waiting to purchase at a later date.
Blenders have again released new price lists this week for NPK and PK blends specifically. Nitrogen prices are up and phosphate stocks, which were previously sold at below replacement, have now disappeared forcing blenders to re-evaluate their prices. NPKs are available through Gleadell for October-December delivery. Please contact your Gleadell Farm Trader for more information.