Final Monitor Farm meeting: Newark

Past Event - booking closed

7 June 2019

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Manor Farm, Kelham, Newark, Nottinghamshire

NG23 5QS

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.


  • Registration/refreshments
  • 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
    • Questions
  • 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

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For more information: email 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.