We are a largely arable farm with the main emphasis on combineable crops – wheat, oilseed rape and spring beans. Non-combineable crops include sugar beet and from time to time vining peas.
The arable team is led by Robert Rous with Marcus Smith as foreman, who drives the Challenger MT865, James Chadwick (Bateman RB35 Sprayer), Bradley Leist (R90 Combine)
These are supported through harvest by 3 harvest employees.
We operate a largely min-till system with the Vaderstad Top Down cultivating close behind the Combine to give maximum opportunity for a stale seedbed. Oilseed rape is established behind the Top Down with Biodrill. Only the land for sugar beet and vining peas is ploughed.
The combining system is based around a single combine; a CNH 9.90 with 10.5m header and suspended tracks. The combine driver is supported in the field by a chaser bin, which then fills the grain trailers at the headland. The combine is satellite steered and runs on tracks for minimal ground pressure.
The Top Down is followed after 2 weeks by a Vaderstad 8m carrier cultivator which aims to kill first flush of weeds and leave a stale seed bed. Cereals are drilled with a Vaderstad 8m drill.
The Bateman RB35 with 4,000 litre tank has automatic section control and Norac boom levelling and benefits from the new Integra display.
We also run a small, suckler herd of Red Poll and British Friesian cattle, the latter a legacy from our dairy herd, which closed in 2004.