Strategic Cereal Farm South

David Miller
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Farm sectors:
Cereals & Oilseeds
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About Strategic Cereal Farm South

  • Wheatsheaf Farming Company will host the programme over six years from 2021 to 2027
  • David Miller is the Strategic Farm host and has been Farm Manager since the late 1990s
  • The farm has 700 ha of owned arable land, 670ha of which is cropped
  • For 10 years, David has embraced regenerative agriculture practices and is looking to continue such work as a Strategic Farm host to help reduce inputs

Strategic Farm South trials

Soil and crop health under different management systems

What impact does cultivation have on crop and soil health? Comparing conventionally managed fields against fields that have been no-till since 2015, this trial will investigate the differences. Read more about the trial:

Soil health at crop establishment

A variety of approaches to enhance the soil–plant interaction at drilling are being tested to see if early crop growth can be improved. Read more information about the trial:

Cover crops and water quality

What is the impact of using cover crops? This trial at Strategic Cereal Farm South is testing the effect of using cover crops on soil health, water quality and the following crop. Read out more about the trial:

Soil health field assessments 

This baselining trial is set out to investigate factors that influence soil health and how this information can be used to make decisions. Read more information about the harvest 2022 soil health assessments

Background to Strategic Farm South 

The vision

To accelerate and ease the journey in regenerative agriculture of the wider industry.

The mission

To conduct relevant trials where results can be financially quantified. From these, the aim is to provide some basic principles that are attractive for arable farmers to follow to grow nutritious crops in a more biological way with less reliance on mechanical and chemical interventions including inorganic fertilisers. By adopting these principles, the industry will become financially and environmentally more profitable and sustainable.

Core pillars of work

  • To develop principles and guides for a more biological production of crops avoiding complexity, time and cost for arable farmers by distilling the work of the Strategic Farm (and existing practitioners) to basic principles of what you need to know and do for successful regenerative farming
  • To learn how to confidently reduce crop inputs evidencing what is possible without detriment to net margin
  • To financially evaluate the benefits including non-financial benefits of Regenerative Farming (e.g. food nutrient value)
  • To simplify the messaging of a reliable roadmap to successful regenerative farming communicated in a language attractive and applicable to any type or scale of farm
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