Low cereal prices and poorer yields mean that cereal growers are under severe financial pressure. In response, many farmers continue to look to cut costs. Machinery, land and input costs must come under scrutiny. However, some areas being targeted for potential savings might prove detrimental to crop performance in the short or long term, be a false economy, and so should be avoided.

One such act is the use of home-saved seed. The price of certified seed is very visible and following low harvest prices there is sometimes a negative farmer response to this cost. This gut reaction, while understandable, should be analysed before action is taken.