Chelmsford Monitor Farm
About Chelmsford Monitor Farm
- Parklands Farm was a Monitor Farm from June 2017 to February 2020
- The farms spans 475 ha of arable cropping, with a mixture of owned and rented land
- The rotation is typically two wheats followed by spring beans/oilseed rape, although this has become more flexible and now includes spring barley and spring oats, based on the condition of each field.
- The farm has diversified into horse liveries, as well as office and industrial lets.
Christy and Hew Willett farm at Parklands Farm in Galleywood on the fringe of Chelmsford, Essex. This mother-and-son team farm in partnership across 475 ha of arable cropping, with a mixture of owned and rented land. Their rotation is typically two wheats followed by spring beans/OSR, although this has become more flexible since 2012 to include spring barley and spring oats, based on the condition of each field. The farm has recently moved to a strip-till system and is focussed on the significant challenge of grass weed management, including black-grass and ryegrass. Most of their wheat is destined for local millers. The farm has diversified into horse liveries, as well as office and industrial lets. Christy and Hew see their greatest challenge as keeping their cost of production as low as possible without sacrificing yield. They are keen to use benchmarking, on-farm trials and discussions from the Monitor Farm programme to improve and develop their farm business in these critical years for the industry.
Read Christy's blog for the latest on the Chelmsford Monitor Farm
Meetings will be 9am – 12:15pm starting with a bacon roll at Galleywood Heritage Centre, Galleywood, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8TR
For meeting dates, topics and agendas, please see below. To read reports from previous meetings please click on the 'See More' button.
Reports from previous meetings are available below:
- How to enjoy farming & the final Chelmsford Monitor Farm meeting: 7 February 2020
- Fertility, organic weed control: 10 January 2020
- Robots and Autonomous vehicles: 13 December 2019
- Beneficials and Integrated Pest Management (IPM): 8 November 2019
- Summer meeting (drainage): 21 June 2019
- Effective nutrient management: 8 February 2019
- Future-proofing your farm: Friday 11 January 2019
- Precision farming - are we picking up the right signals? Friday 14 December 2018
- Machinery costing and collaboration: Friday 9 November 2018
- Summer meeting: 22 June 2018
- Profitable break crops: 9 February 2018
- Maximising your yield potential: 12 January 2018
- Benchmarking and crop marketing: 15 December 2017
- Crop establishment and drill choice: 10 November 2017
- Chelmsford Monitor Farm Launch Meeting: 23 June 2017