The Arable Enterprise Covers 450 Hectares.    
 
 
   
Bringing in the Harvest
Harvesting spring barley

The arable enterprise covers about 450 hectares. Cropping includes wheat for biscuit and bread making, oilseed rape for vegetable oil and biofuel, spring barley for malting and oats for snack bars and porridge. We also have several kilometres of field margins and field corners, planted with rough grasses, flower and nectar mixes and bird food to encourage wildlife diversity.

 
One of our wildflower corners
 
Direct drilling with our Dale Eco Drill
 
One of our wildflower corners
 

Direct drilling with our Dale Eco Drill

We are always keen to try new technologies in a bid to increase food production whilst lowering our carbon footprint and delivering improved ecosystem services. This includes the use of no-till, cover and companion crops, in row and foliar nutrition, compost, satellite guidance and variable rate soil testing and nutrient application and use of biological products. Current experiments include conservation agriculture trials with Syngenta and zero insecticide use.

We love farming and are always on the lookout for new opportunities to expand our enterprises. We are very flexible and currently our arable area is split between owned and rented land. We are always looking to improve soil fertility and farm for the long term.

Andrew is a member of the BASIS Professional Register and is both BASIS and FACTS qualified. He is a director of Kent County Agricultural Society , Weald Granary crop storage co-operative and Sothern Farmers buying co-operative. We also receive expert advice from an experienced and forward thinking independent agronomy group.

 
 
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