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1510: Farm Intelligence from the Regions – April 2012

Twice a year staff of the RBR (Rural Business Research) provide up to the minute information from their Regions on what is happening on farms and local markets together with a summary of current attitudes and concerns.

Year of Publication2012

Winter sown crops have come through the winter well. Reductions in potato, carrot and onion areas because of the drought are likely. Lettuce growers report that the withdrawal of the herbicide, Propochlor, without any suitable replacement, could threaten the future of large-scale lettuce production. Soft fruit areas are increasing anticipating high demand during the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics. The EU cage ban has resulted in an increase in egg prices. Some arable organic farmers are going back to conventional farming due to low margins and problematic weed burdens. Beef and sheep market prices have been good. Spending at farmers markets and farm shops has declined. Farmers in the east and south have been anxious to introduce biosecurity measures against Schmallenberg disease but have been unsure how to do so.

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