Basingstoke Monitor Farm

Name:
Hugh Crosbie Dawson
Location:
South East
Farm sectors:
Cereals & Oilseeds
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About Basingstoke Monitor Farm

  • Southfields Farm has been a monitor farm since June 2017
  • The 800 ha arable cropping is split across owned, rented and contract farmed land. 
  • The farm’s rotation includes milling wheat, spring barley, oilseed rape and peas
  • Soil types: predominantly chalky

Hugh Crosbie Dawson, with his father, has worked on the 1,161 ha mixed Freefolk Farms near Basingstoke since 2011. The 800 ha arable cropping is split across owned, rented and contract farmed land. The farm’s rotation includes milling wheat, spring barley, oilseed rape and peas, all grown on predominantly chalky soil. 

In addition to the arable enterprise the farm has 150 dairy cows and 500 breeding ewes. There are three full-time arable staff as well as a herdsman, Hugh and his father. A min-till approach is adopted where possible, although the farm has used the plough this year for the first time in 15 years, in order to combat grass weed pressure. Other enterprises on the farm include commercial lettings, self-storage and a solar farm. Hugh’s ambition for the business is to reduce fixed and variable costs, increase efficiency and make further use of precision farming methods. During the Monitor Farm programme Hugh is also interested in benchmarking with other farmers and exploring break crops.

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