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Our Top 5 Highlights of 2017

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With the new year upon us, we’ve taken a moment this week to reflect on 2017. It was a formative year for Yagro, moving from a handful of farmers experimenting with online input purchasing, to a community - hundreds of farms strong - embracing the efficiency and transparency technology can bring to the agricultural supply chain.

This month we will take a look at how farms are using Yagro’s Marketplace and Price Check tools and the benefit they're seeing, and we’ll look forward to what 2018 has to offer. For now though, here are our top 5 highlights of 2017.

5 views on Yagro Price Check from CropTec 2017

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It was an exciting couple of days at CropTec, with 4,000 visitors stopping by our stand in the main arena of the East of England Showground. We were there to showcase the launch of our new Ag Chem price comparison tool, Yagro Price Check, and were thrilled with how it was received!

Here are the top 5 pieces of feedback we received from our meetings and conversations throughout the show

Towards a New Data Standard in UK Agriculture

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Farm data can be harvested, bought and sold, just like any other crop. But as a farmer, you rarely know when this happens, and almost never get the benefit.

We feel passionately about this. You should own their own data. You should have ultimate control over it. And where someone profits from this data, you should receive a significant share.

In this article we propose 5 principles that companies handling farm data should adhere to. By promoting transparency and understanding, these principles would help you regain ownership and control of your farm data.

5 Rules for Effective Farm Benchmarking

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Only 21% of UK farms engage in any form of benchmarking – and even this is rarely at a sufficient level of detail to drive real improvement.

At Yagro we see benchmarking as one of the defining processes of any successful business, and see first-hand the power it gives to farmers. Here are 5 rules to follow for effective farm benchmarking.

Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2017

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Yagro were Finalists at the Barclays UK Entrepreneurship Awards held at the Leadenhall Building in London, led by Baroness Karen Brady.

Cereals 2017 in Numbers

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2 action-packed days.
100+ meetings with farmers and suppliers already using Yagro to boost their profitability.
50,000+ hectares of new arable farmland signed up to Yagro.

Top 5 Generic Crop Protection Products

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We talk to agronomists to get their tips on the top generic crop protection products they think are proving just as effective on farmers’ crops, whilst slashing significant sums from their chemical bills.

7 tips for finding generic crop protection products that work

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Chemical inputs can be one of the biggest costs for arable farms, but sticking to your usual products might not be the most cost-effective way to do business. Farmers on Yagro switching to like-for-like generic products are saving as much as 50% on their chemical bills. With a bit of research, you could do the same...

Not sure how to identify which alternative products might be worth trying? Read our 7 tips to help you find generic crop protection products that work.

Agri Mythbuster: Generic Crop Protection Products

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Generic crop protection products can offer growers excellent results whilst slashing thousands from their input bills, yet some farmers remain wary about switching from branded alternatives.

We take a look at some of the myths behind non-branded options to help you decide whether generic products could be a money-saving option for your farm.

5 tips to get the best spot fuel price for your farm

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Did you know there's typically a 5-10% spread in spot fuel prices at any given time?

It's one of the biggest costs on a modern farm, yet many farmers underestimate the savings that can be found here. Try these 5 tips to make sure you’re getting the best fuel price for your farm.

HRH The Prince of Wales explores cutting edge UK agtech

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YAGRO, a Cambridge-based agtech company, has received a personal invitation from the UK’s highest profile farmer, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, to visit Duchy Home Farm. The Prince, accompanied by Jes Staley, CEO of Barclays, met Yagro founders Gareth Davies, Daniel Jolly and Richard Sears at Barclays Eagle Lab in Notting Hill to discuss the financial sustainability of the farming sector and the role technology and innovation will play in its future.

What's the best way to buy your farm inputs?

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As with most things in farming, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Farmers on Yagro buy their inputs in several different ways. We’ve selected the most popular and have taken a look at their pros and cons.