Ripon Monitor Farm

Name:
Jonathan Fryatt
Location:
Ripon
Farm sectors:
Cereals & Oilseeds
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About Ripon Monitor Farm

  • Monitor Farm since 2021
  • Farm covers 760 hectares, of which 400 hectares are combinable crops
  • Cropping currently includes winter barley, spring beans, feed wheat, winter naked oats, oilseed rape and cover crops. 
  • Estate also includes miscanthus, willow, woodland, grassland for grazing, quarry sites and a theme park

Ripon Monitor Farm, which is hosted by Jonathan Fryatt, Farm Manager at Lightwater Farms, is based just outside the North Yorkshire cathedral city and covers 760 hectares, 400 hectares of which are combinable crops. The rest of the estate is made up of miscanthus, willow, woodland, grassland for grazing, quarry sites and a theme park, with cropping currently including winter barley, spring beans, feed wheat, winter naked oats, oilseed rape and cover crops.

During the three-year Monitor Farm programme, Jonathan is keen to learn more about agricultural conservation in light of the loss of subsidies and the introduction of ELMS. Improving both drainage and soil health across the estate are key to this, with the use of soil cover, better organic matter, direct drilling to minimise soil disturbance and more focused woodland management all avenues to be explored going forward.

However, environmental challenges form just one part of Jonathan’s plan for his time as a Monitor Farm host. He is also looking to find out more about the personal development of the farm’s employees, how benchmarking can benefit the farm and the use of integrated pest management.

Upcoming Meetings

20 January 2022, 10:00 AM - 20 January 2022, 12:30 PM

Machinery costs regularly come top of the list of conversations at Monitor Farm meetings, so come and hear about our Monitor Farmers machinery costs and gain an understanding of your own costs.

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