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

Rob shortlisted for Farm Manager of the Year

We are very proud to announce that Rob Fox, our farm manager, has been shortlisted for the Farmers Weekly farm Manager of the Year. Rob has worked hard to shape the business into the productive arable farm that it is today and we know he has what it takes to clinch the prize on the night. The competition is very tough as there are some great managers involved in the industry and we wish all thee finalists the best of luck.

Rob is taking the team to the awards dinner in London in October and we are all keeping our finger crossed. Good Luck Rob!

Countdown to harvest 2019!

The work load in the field now starts to drop off as we approach harvest. There is still plenty to do in preparation including getting machinery ready and cleaning out grainstores. Extra harvest staff will start work from the beginning of July and winter barley should be ready to cut from around the 14th July. Oilseed rape will be ready towards the end of July and wheat and spring barley is cut from early to mid August. The spring beans are the last to be cut at the end of August or into September. look out for updated on harvest progress here but in the meantime check out the video below from 2017 when we had a few new combine haresters on demonstration.

https://youtu.be/AlxoGG5WK5c

AHDB Strategic Farm West Open Day

On June 5th we hosted the annual open day for the AHDB Strategic Farm for the west region. 80 people tuned out in perfect weather for a series of demonstrations to show some of the trial that are taking place on the farm. The picture above shows the massive soil pit we dug demonstrate the effect of cultivation depth on rooting of winter wheat. This is one of the trials that will be continued over the 6 years. Christina Clarke and Anne Bhogal from ADAS used the boards at the back to show some of the sampling work and results that they have had so far. For more information click here.