Final Monitor Farm meeting: Newark
Join us for the final meeting of the Newark Monitor Farm where we'll be taking a look at the last three years, focusing on where the programme came from and where we are now.
- Welcome and introduction (Judith Stafford – AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager - North)
- Monitor Farm update (John Miller – Monitor Farmer)
- How are the crops looking?
- What could have been done differently?
- Management going forward
- Autumn cropping plans
- Any updates on marketing
- Farm walk – travel by trailer to view wheat, oilseed rape, oats and linseed (discussion led by John Miller and Andrew Wells - Agronomist)
- View crops and invite comment from group
- Crop establishment
- Yield estimates
- Include discussion of any problems of headland compaction and how it has been dealt with – link with last November’s meeting on drainage and cultivations
- What improvements can be seen?
- Dealing with challenging weather conditions
- Comments on establishment and growth/development and any effects of water shortages
- Any particular disease challenges?
- What strategies were used?
- Developing strategies for future conditions, e.g. prolonged dry or wet/late Springs
- Crop protection strategies
- Focus on wheat and oilseed rape
- Sclerotinia monitoring (including use of AHDB Sclerotinia monitoring tool
- Aphid monitoring (tool)
- Use of monitoring tools to reduce crop protection inputs and costs
- Comments on overall effectiveness of fungicide strategy
- Nutrient inputs
- Micronutrients including silicon
- Using liquid nitrogen
- Discuss reasons behind applications and expectations
- Identify any differences and discuss in relation to manufacturer’s claims
- Application method
- Variety effects
- Using the Brix refractometer
- Options for alternative crops
- Discuss reasons for changing/extending the rotation
- Why grow linseed
- Availability of contracts
- How linseed fits in – previous cultivations, sowing method, expected harvest date
- Other possible alternative crops for this region
- Return to farm buildings
- Review of monitor farm programme (John Miller; Judith Stafford)
- Summary and outline of further AHDB activity
- Meeting close and lunch
Meeting reports are available at: https://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/get-involved/monitor-farms/newark.aspx
For more information: email email@example.com or call 07891 556623
About Newark Monitor Farm
John Miller is a third generation farmer at Manor Farm, Kelham, Newark on Trent. He farms 685ha on a mix of tenanted and owned land in the Trent valley. Soil type ranges from blowing sand, sharp gravels and silty clay loams to heavy clay with a rotation including winter wheat, oilseed rape, spring beans, sugar beet, forage maize, malting barley and winter oats, with the occasional field rented out for potatoes. The farm is predominantly min-till with some ploughing as required. 5000 tonnes of farmyard manure comes onto farm from a local beef unit to help improve soil organic matter content. John has just become chairman of the Nottinghamshire Farm Business Group and is keen to get a better grasp of soil management and investigate cover crops with the intention of reducing costs of production.