Upper Bentley Farm

August 10, 2016 1:56 pm

Even when you have a well-designed non-inversion crop establishment system, moving to direct drilling can achieve significant time and cost savings. Brothers Philip and Martin Gibbs have 700 acres of arable crops on the 1,300 acres they farm at Upper Bentley Farm, Redditch, Worcestershire, the remainder of the farm being grassland that supports 600 beef cattle and 300 sheep. They...

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P R Farming

August 10, 2016 1:48 pm

Moving to direct drilling is just another logical step in improving arable farming practice for Philip Woods, who runs some 3,000 acres of arable land from his base at Kensworth, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. His company – P R Farming – runs their home farm of 600 acres and a further 2,200 acres for a range of customers in the region. He...

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church farm

August 10, 2016 1:46 pm

The difficulty of creating quality seedbeds from the heavy Vale of York clay soils persuaded David Blacker that a move to strip tillage and different rotations might help performance and make the contracting side of the business easier to run. Church Farm, Shipton-by-Beningborough, near York, is an HGCA monitor farm, and David works with a group of like-minded professional farmers...

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Paddock Farm

August 10, 2016 1:41 pm

Farming land that is mainly heavy clay-based soils but includes patches of other types running right through to sand, Cade Contracting needs to use a flexible drill if it is only going to run one. The company – based at Paddock Farm, Buckden, Cambridgeshire – works 400 acres near Huntingdon, and completes a variety of contracting work across the region,...

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Tixall Heath Farm and Brick House Farm

August 10, 2016 1:38 pm

Arable farming isn’t just about growing crops, believes Staffordshire farming partners Tom Collier and Richard Clarke. Livestock plays a key part in the system they run on the 1,000 acres their families own land – and the additional land they contract farm – from Tixall Heath Farm and Brick House Farm in Staffordshire, where medium light soils are interspersed with...

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