Organic arable

Price data

August 2015

Commodity

£/Tonne

Wheat, milling

Wheat, feed

£230

£195

Barley

£185

Oats, milling

Oats, feed

£220

£180

Triticale

n/a

Beans

£285

Feed Price

The prices listed above (other than those for milling wheat and oats) indicate the feed value of material ex-farm for movement for the next month.  These results are averaged from information collected from key producers, traders and feedmills. Prices serve as a guide only - actual prices will depend on volume, availability, quality and supply.

For a list of organic grain merchants please send a request (together with your name and producer membership/licensee number) to producer.support@soilassociation.org - or call 0117 314 5100

Market report

Courtesy of Simon Tubbs, Saxon Agriculture

Combines are now in full swing across most parts of the country, and (whilst it's still early days), yields are generally better than expected given the dry growing season.

Arable markets are usually weak at harvest time, and sadly this year is no exception. The weaker tone stems from the sentiment in the non-organic market, and our advice is that (if possible) farms should store and hold unsold grain, in anticipation of the price rally that can occur immediately post-harvest.

We have already seen some good prices paid for milling oats, and we hope that any usable malting barleys and milling wheats will also achieve some good premiums after samples find their way through our laboratory.

Imports into the UK still feature strongly, and we continue to see some feed consumers choosing to buy imported feed grains over domestic material. The best counter to this is to grow wheat and oat varieties that are suited to human consumption in order to capture the added value of these markets (see the premiums available in the price table). There is obviously the caveat of supply and demand from season to season, but the UK milling market has never been oversupplied to date! For the latest values, please speak directly to Saxon Agriculture.