Monitor Farm launch: Saltash

Past Event - booking closed

10 June 2019

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Smeaton Farm, Pillaton, Saltash, Cornwall

PL12 6RZ

About the farm

Ashley Jones runs the mixed 190ha Smeaton Farm, which is part of the Duchy of Cornwall estate. In partnership with his family, he farms 100ha cereals with maize and potatoes in the rotation, and has 200 head of beef and 200 ewes. Diversification activities on the farm include a bed and breakfast, maize maze, Christmas trees and agricultural contracting. During the three years of the Monitor Farm programme, Ashley wants to try new ideas, experiment and learn from others in the industry.


Registration and tea


Welcome, introduction to the Monitor Farm Programme    

Philip Dolbear,  AHDB

Introduction to Smeaton Farm                     

Ashley Jones, monitor farmer



Farmbench – if you don’t measure it you cannot manage it

David Pett, AHDB

Farm tour


·         Review of farm enterprises and integration of livestock and diversification with arable rotation

·         Discussion on YEN Crop entry, review of agronomy and forward- planning of crop choice for 2020 entry.

·         Review of Bionature Nitrogen trial

·         Debate of crop rotation and spring cropping choice for maximised whole rotation margin

PESTEL analysis of business

Breakout Groups and discussion of forward risks and objectives for business

Hog roast supper and depart




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