Salisbury Monitor Farm

Name:
Ben Jeans
Location:
Wiltshire
Farm sectors:
Cereals & Oilseeds
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About Salisbury Monitor Farm

  • Chalk Pyt Farm joined the Monitor Farm network in 2020
  • Total farm area: 830 ha including 530 ha of arable farmland producing wheat, spring barley, winter barley, oilseed rape and maize
  • The farm also has a dairy enterprise consisting of 180 Holstein cattle plus youngstock, 350 ewes for gimmering and both residential and commercial property for lease
  • Soil types: Predominantly grade 2 and 3 chalk soils with 80 ha of grade 1 heavy clay soil and 50 ha of greensand for the dairy grazing platform and grass silage

Having returned to Wiltshire in 2014 after nine years as a shipbroker in London, Ben now runs the family’s mixed 830 ha Chalk Pyt Farm near Salisbury alongside his father Andrew. The farm, which is in a Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme, has soil types ranging from chalk to heavy clay and his 530 ha arable enterprise produces wheat, spring barley, winter barley, oilseed rape and maize across two rotations. Ben mainly operates a min-till system but increases the amount of direct drilling when the conditions suit.

In addition to the arable business, the farm also has a dairy enterprise consisting of 180 Holstein cattle plus youngstock, 350 ewes for gimmering and both residential and commercial property for lease. The farm employs three full time members of staff and one part time staff member who work alongside Ben and Andrew.

During the course of the three-year Monitor Farm programme Ben hopes to critically analyse the business in order to improve areas that are not achieving their potential while also focusing on soils and dealing with a decreasing chemical armoury. Other items on the agenda include maintaining employee engagement and motivation, personal development and diversification of the business. Ben is also looking forward to having the opportunity to discuss challenges and share expertise on topics that are of interest to the group.

To attend the meetings or for more information, please contact Philip Dolbear, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, on philip.dolbear@ahdb.org.uk or 07964 255 614.

Upcoming Meetings

18 January 2022, 10:45 AM - 18 January 2022, 1:30 PM

Latest update on the new environmental stewardship Schemes and how Broad Chalke Farm can capitalise on these

24 February 2022, 10:45 AM - 24 February 2022, 1:30 PM

Join Ben Jeans at Salisbury Monitor Farm to discuss the latest research and management strategies to reduce the agronomic risks, and increase profitability in growing OSR

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