Spotlight: Arable Benchmarking Survey
Harvest 2014

Arable Benchmarking Survey
Spotlight:
Arable Benchmarking Survey - Harvest 2014

10 June 2015, by Ian Bailey

Range of results shows opportunities for improved performance.

Summary

■ The 2014 growing season was less problematic than the previous year and the harvest started earlier leading to higher yields, but a significant fall in crop prices impacted on margins.

■ The yield/price effect on crop gross margins in our survey between harvest 2013 and 2014 was variable with wheat margins least affected.

■ Fixed costs are a significantly smaller proportion of crop price in Contract Farming Agreements (CFAs) than for in hand operations.

 

■ Our analysis clearly shows the opportunity for improved efficiencies and performance by the range of results recorded.

 

"The 2014 growing season was less problematic than the previous year"

Ian Bailey, Savills Research

About the Survey

The survey focus is combinable crops and covers around 18,000 hectares of combinable cropping area representing 70% of the area of farms in the sample.

■ Average farm (combinable crops) size is just over 450 hectares

■ National coverage

■ Two thirds of farms have a moderate to serious blackgrass problem

■ Predominant soil types are clay and loam with 65% of farms on grade 3 land.

Articles from Spotlight: Arable Benchmarking Survey Harvest 2014

Harvest 2014 Benchmarking Survey Results

The results of the Arable Benchmarking Survey for the harvest in 2014 show that this year was less problematic than the previous year.

Savills Arable (Combinable Cropping) Benchmarking

Survey aims to help appraise performance and identify appropriate targets.

 
 

Key contacts

Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey

Director
Rural Research

Savills Margaret Street

+44 (0) 207 299 3099

 

Nicola Buckingham

Nicola Buckingham

Associate
Rural Research

Savills Margaret Street

 

Andrew Wraith

Andrew Wraith

Director
Food & Farming

+44 (0) 1522 508 973

 

Simon Blandford

Simon Blandford

Director
Rural, Energy & Projects Division

Savills Winchester

+44 (0) 1962 857 405

 

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