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Cropping

1300 hectares of combinable land is divided into crop blocks to facilitate a six year rotation.

Cropping since 2015

Crop 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Winter Wheat 461.07 322.89 440.05 575.40 399.13 452.08
Winter Oilseed Rape 214.81 200.13 221.99 180.48 254.94 218.65
Winter Barley 126.83 93.27 131.32      
Spring Oats 146.26 212.52 99.34 26.94    
Spring Linseed       58.56 75.74 67.21
Spring Barley 198.76 263.37 298.73 358.08 389.10 416.28
Poppies         45.11 42.43
Peas 82.89 134.62 45.44      
Maize 13.03 16.85 18.63 12.63 19.49  
Grass Ley       179.57 189.18 182.11
Ecological Focus Area* 37.67 37.67 47.00      
Enviromental Stewardship 29.93 29.93 30.12 35.74 39.06 39.61

 *Ecological Focus Areas did not come into existence until 2018

Stubble turnips and grazing rye or winter oats are grown for the cattle to graze during the winter months.

The combinable crops are grown with premium markets in mind, wheat is grown for milling be that for bread making or biscuits, barley is grown to produce a malt for the brewing industry.

Linseed has been grown in the past and oilseed rape continues to be grown, both are grown to produce oil.

Poppies were grown for the pharmaceutical sector.

Integrated crop management practices are a critical part of crop husbandry on the farm. These practices include;

  • Long crop rotations
  • Grazing livestock within the rotation
  • The introduction of organic manures
  • Balanced fertilisation applications
  • Precision cultivation techniques
  • Application of plant protection

Utilisation of GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) systems combined with on-board computers in our machinery allowed us to become more efficient in terms of inputs and time spent on the machines.

A reduction in overlaps, auto-shutoff equipment, variable rate applications of seed and fertiliser, performance monitors of specific machines and finally yield recording all fields on an individual basis, in essence an intricate approach to our field operations.