Pembrokeshire Monitor Farm
About Pembrokeshire Monitor Farm
- Dudwell Farm has been a monitor farm since July 2018.
- Arable rotation includes winter wheat, oilseed rape, spring barley and potatoes.
Working in partnership with his father, Tom Rees farms the mixed 280ha Dudwell Farm in Haverfordwest. His flexible arable rotation includes winter wheat, oilseed rape, spring barley and potatoes, with oats on the heavier land. For three years prior to becoming a Monitor Farm Tom has been part of the Cardiff Monitor Farm group and was inspired by the success seen there.
When Dudwell Farm secured Monitor Farm status, Tom was very keen to develop his own business through being the Pembrokeshire monitor farmer. He particularly hoped to look at soil health and the long-term impact potatoes have on the soil, as well as implementing more precision farming techniques and improving crop marketing.
You can find more information about Dudwell Farm, along with a cost-of-production breakdown, in the Pembrokeshire Monitor Farm launch meeting report.
Pembrokshire Monitor Farm meetings & reports
Well sown, half grown – 28 November 2019
Sandra Kendall (ADAS) and Rob Fox (Leamington Spa Strategic Farm Host) lead a discussion on how best to establish a crop and then nurture it to maximise yield. Key points from the meeting can be found in the meeting report.
Soil Health Scorecard – Autumn 2019
As part of the Soil Biology and Soil Health Partnership, AHDB have developed the Soil Health Scorecard. The scorecard consists of several key soil health indicators that, once tested for, are ranked against national and regional soil scores.
Analysis using the scorecard took place at Dudswell Farm back in 2019, Tom really liked the visual element of the scorecard and plans to repeat the assessment after subsequent muck applications to his fields.
For full results from the soil testing, visit: Pembrokeshire Monitor Farm Soil Health Scorecard Case Study | AHDB
More information on the Soil Health Scorecard along with more case studies of its use can be found here: Testing the soil health scorecard | AHDB
Fungicide strategies – 5 December 2018
In this meeting report you can find key considerations that need to be made at each treatment timing when planning a fungicide programme in West Wales.
Soil health – 8 November 2018
Phillip Wright (Wright Solutions) explained why soil structure is important, and present region-specific knowledge pertaining to soil biology in Pembrokeshire. More information can be found in the meeting report.
For more information contact AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager for the West and Wales, Richard Meredith, on Richard.email@example.com or 07717 493015.