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Best in Field Awards: Forage Maize - South Pickenham Estate

South Pickenham Estate has been credited with having the best variable cost of production for Forage Maize at £8.63 per tonne. We spoke to James Brown, the Farm Manager at South Pickenham, to hear how they achieved this and find out more about their future plans. 


Best in Field Awards: Spring Wheat - Pilkington Farms Partnership

Pilkington Farm Partnership has been credited with having the best cost of production for Spring Wheat in our system which they produced at £42.34/t. We spoke to Jamie Melrose to find out how they achieved this and to find out a bit more about what they have planned for the future. 


Optimising Cost of Production on Farm

A case-study with John Barrett of Ditchingham Farms – Sentry Ltd

John Barrett of Ditchingham Farms – Sentry Ltd has won our Best In Field Award for Optimisation 2020, having shown the most significant reduction in cost of production for the past two years. We sat down with John (via zoom) to talk through how he's achieved this and if he has plans to bring those costs lower.


How the First World War Changed British Farming Forever

On Remembrance Day we think about the sacrifices made by those who fought and died, and consider the immense changes that the First World War brought to the farming industry. 
In this article, we examine the situation on the Home Front and the technology that drove a farming revolution over a hundred years ago.


Insight: how Amistar prices developed once patent protection expired

Since the green revolution, agrochemical patents have been the lifeblood of R&D, by guaranteeing exclusivity of supply to the inventor of a new chemistry for a set time period. So what happens when these patents expire? We have analysed real farm gate prices of the industry classic, Amistar


Revealed: it Pays to Benchmark Your Prices

We are often asked the question: ‘is benchmarking actually going to result in better performance for my business?’ Thanks to some clever number-crunching at YAGRO, we’ve found the statistical answer. Data shows an average £7.50/Ha saving for a wheat crop, straight to the farm’s bottom line, every year.


Ag Chem Price Inflation Report 2018-19

Opportunities in dynamic price movements

Our data team did a detailed analysis of the YAGRO Ag Chem price database showing a 0.5% decrease in real farm paid prices 2018-19. Understanding these moves across 1’500 products is not an easy job. However: the dynamics of the market show how significant cost reduction opportunities might exist, even where average inflation is flat. Accurate product understanding and selection is critical – as is direct control of your purchasing, so you can pick and choose to follow the opportunities.


A view from Australia

Insights from a whirlwind tour of Australian farm innovation

In February this year we were invited by Innovate UK to take part in the Global Business Innovation Programme to Australia. This involved 12 leading UK AgTech companies to foster international partnerships and explore commercial opportunities between markets. We cover the key insights from the market.