International Grain, Seed and Fertiliser Merchant

Market Report 21st May 2015

Feed Wheat
  • NASS reports US corn plantings 85% complete – favourable weather continues to support planting ideas.

  • NASS reports US spring plantings all but complete at 94% - initial crop ratings pegs crop at 65% in good/excellent condition.

  • Russia removes tax on wheat exports until 1st July – uncertainty surrounds the new regime for the 15/16 crop year but the removal reminds markets that Russia still has some wheat to export.

  • Russian Ag Ministry reports Russia has exported 20.3mln t of wheat so far this season a/o May 13th

  • French soft-wheat area estimate raised to 5.17mln hectares, up 3% on 2014 - AgriMer

  • DEFRA report English / Welsh wheat stockpiles rising 49% in February year-on-year to 6.4mln t – highest since at least 2008.

  • NASS reports US winter wheat crop ratings up 1% on the week at 45% good /excellent – improved HRW In Kansas.

  • US wheat rallies on concerns that rain and frost fears are overshadowing US wheat ratings.

  • Weather forecaster flags signs on looming Russian dryness.

Follow-on weakness from the USDA report were quickly dismissed as 3 days of weather-induced fund short covering saw markets rally. Heavy storms crossing the US plains increased talk of potential quality issues. In addition, talk of frost in northern states, dryness in Canada and forecasts of heat over the next week in parts of Russia encouraged the funds holding record short positions to cut their exposure. Winter crop ratings improved on the week, reported at 45% good/excellent, with initial spring ratings pegging the crop at 65% in good/excellent conditions. Crop ratings, a firmer US$ and confirmation that Russia has removed the export tax on wheat, all helped pull wheat off the highs.

EU prices followed the firmer tone before retreating from the highs. Although the EU increased the level of export licences granted last week, the likelihood of increased offers of Black Sea supplies should curtail any further substantial export interest from France or Germany. While the weather continues to remain favourable, and would support trend yields, there still remains a lot of the growing season left.

The UK market gained support from firmer global markets, pulling futures off recent lows. However, as futures firmed, delivered prices remained unchanged as buyers become reluctant to push buying ideas higher. The balance sheet would still show growers holding a large amount of wheat, and with bearish old crop fundamentals still intact, the selling attitude of the grower will remain key in market direction.

In summary, the funds have always been the short in the market, and at one point would need to buy. Recent weather issues have forced their hand. However, with the US showing a 20% year-on-year increase in wheat stocks, the recent rally in US futures has done little to improve the value of US supplies. Quality issues will not be resolved until harvest, but with no shortage of wheat within the EU and FSU, the recent rally has just made uncompetitive US supplies even more expensive.

  • The old crop human consumption bean market remains slow with no interest from Egypt and only limited interest from Sudan. The market for old crop feed beans is also limited with little interest from consumers. This continues to put pressure on prices.
  • There is still a limited available area for the 2016-17 Kabuki pool in the Jan-March 2017 position.
Malting & Feed Barley

Malting Barley

  • New crop malting barley prices have not experienced the same volatility as the wider grain market this week.

  • The firmer pound vs euro is hindering the competitiveness of UK malting barley exports.

  • Crop conditions remain favourable across Europe with good development reported in France this week.

  • Total EU barley production forecasts for crop15 range from 57.7 million (IGC) to 59.9 million tonnes (USDA).

  • KWS Irina, the new spring barley variety previously only accepted by EU brewers, has been fully approved in the UK by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, opening the potential for good domestic demand from UK maltsters next season.

Feed Barley

  • The barley market is starting to sound like a broken record.

  • Both old and new crop barley markets are suffering from a lack of demand.

  • Barley crops are looking good in the field both here in the UK and on the continent and continue to be aided by good rainfall and sunlight.

  • New crop demand from domestic consumers continues to be limited as buyers hold a bearish view to the market.

  • The US soybean futures market has weakened throughout the week as plantings continue in the US with no problems at present. The new crop CBOT futures contracts are now trading at contract lows.

  • The MATIF rapeseed futures contract has ticked higher throughout the week largely helped by the weakness in the Euro. Across Europe we see a lack of farmer selling on both old and new crop and the tightness in the old crop physical market seems at odds with European supply and demand analysis. At present it remains difficult to make a bullish story for rapeseed without a problem somewhere in the world.

  • In the UK the physical market is slow for new crop with a lack of demand coupled with a lack of farmer selling.

Seed & Fertiliser

Seed Market Report

  • The 2015/16 Recommended List has seen a number of new winter wheat varieties added. Spread across all of the wheat groups, they are increasing the yield and quality in each sector, as well as standing up to the disease pressures they may face.
  • Group 1 newcomer KWS Trinity has proved to be consistent over three years of testing and has an excellent disease resistance portfolio including the best score on the RL for fusarium resistance.
  • KWS Lili is top of the Group 2s offering consistency across regions and light/heavy land. Lili has a UK yield of 105, which already sets it ahead of the other established Group 2 varieties. Its yield equals the likes of KWS Santiago and Leeds.
  • Britannia, from breeder Limagrain, is the new leader for the Group 3s. It’s a soft endosperm biscuit wheat with high yield potential both with and without fungicides. It has very good resistance to the foliar diseases yellow rust and Septoria tritici.
  • The highest yielding variety on the RL is hard Group 4 variety Reflection. Syngenta’s new addition offers growers an excellent combination of disease resistance and untreated yield as well as earlier maturity than its competitors, allowing growers to spread their workload.
  • For more details on any new varieties please contact your Gleadell farm trader.

Fertiliser Market Report

Ammonium nitrate

  • GrowHow, the only UK producer of ammonium nitrate, has released new-season terms, offering a good opportunity for UK farmers .


  • The reset price for June is over £20/t less than last year, so farmers should be at least covering a % of their N requirements now.
  • Many farmers experienced problems with NS grades last year. GrowHow DoubleTop/Sulphur Gold and SingleTop grades are all granular compounds guaranteed to spread 36m.
  • With values set to increase by £3/t per month, the best option is to take product now and Gleadell can offer attractive delayed payment terms.
  • Imported AN remains under some price pressure, but the aggressive stance taken by GrowHow could have many import users considering paying the extra premium for UK produced quality.



  • A dip in Chinese exports and an increase in Egyptian prices by a further $5/t has helped support global markets and values look set to remain firm in the short term.
  • In the UK, there has been little change with the current focus being on new season ammonium nitrate.
  • Traders expect there to be a correction again for urea in Q3/4 as more production in Algeria is finally commissioned.




ENhancePro – Will you hit your premiums this year?

  • With milling wheat premiums averaging over £35/t this season, applying a foliar N to maximise the opportunity of achieving 13% proteins should become part of all nitrogen application programmes.
  • ENhancePro offered by Gleadell is a unique, concentrated, foliar nitrogenous spray used for over 13 years by UK farmers.
  • Produced from highly bio-available sulphur (ATS) with the inclusion of UV buffers and latex to minimise leaf run-off, ENhancePro has been proven to significantly increase proteins in all milling wheats.
  • Applied at GS 69-75.
  • Gleadell offers a leaf tissue analysis service to milling wheat customers, so that any applications of foliar N can be adjusted to maximise efficiency.
  • Please contact your local Gleadell farm trader or fertiliser department on 01427 421241.
£/€ £/$ €/$
1.4028 1.5864 1.1179
Feed Barley £ Feed Wheat £ Beans £ Oilseed Rape £
June 15 97-107 106-116 192 261-266
Nov 15 102-112 112-122 145 248-253
NB: Prices listed may vary depending on area.