Developing new ways of farming
Squab Hall Farm, Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa CV33 9QB
05 Feb 2016

Black-grass, drainage and a February update from Leamington arable Monitor Farm

As we hit February I usually start to think about what needs to be done over the next few months, finalising fertiliser orders and planning spring applications, but I usually end up  realising how far behind we are with other things. The weather has not been conducive to spraying here and it is backing up. A similar situation to others. Some late drilled wheat on one of the JV farms has only had Avadex and the black-grass is very bad. Read More

20 Apr 2015

Worrying about oilseed rape

Nearly 1,000t of feed wheat and barley has been loaded out in the last two weeks, with the feed wheat only making about £10t over our basic cost of production and feed barley probably breaking even when the straw is taken into account. Even though we will see the cash flow ease over the next month or so, it is not very inspiring. Did I not learn anything at our storage and marketing meeting?!Read More

22 Jan 2015

Figures and costs

This time of year I spend a lot of time in the office looking at figures and costs for the last cropping year as well as this one, as most farmers do. I see this as a vital part of the farming year, just as important as planting, harvesting and selling the crop!

Benchmarking has enabled me to get a much clearer idea of our cost of production per ha and per tonne and I look at our benchmarking meetings as some of the most important in the year. Read More