Wisbech Monitor Farm
About Wisbech Monitor Farm
- H Melton and Son, Peartree Farm started as a Monitor Farm in June 2020
- Farm area: 1,400 hectares
- Cropping: Wheat, barley, oilseed rape, beans, sugar beet
- Soil type: Silty clay loam
- Diversification: The farm also runs a soil sampling business for PCN, pests and nutrients for potato growers.
Andrew Melton and his son Sam farm 1,400 hectares of wheat, barley, oilseed rape, beans and sugar beet on silty clay loam. Andrew and Sam operate minimum tillage and full inversion cultivation systems. The business also includes a large contracting operation extending approximately 15 miles around the family farm.
Having invested in a zero tillage drill, they’d like to explore reducing tillage to zero and using cover crops to improve soil health. Their business ambitions are to reduce cost of production and emissions without affecting profitability or yield. Andrew wants to prepare for the tranisition to the government's new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme. He also wants to use benchmarking to reduce his fixed costs reduce his use of inputs.
Please click 'See More' below for details of previous meetings of the Wisbech Monitor Farm meetings.
Wisbech Monitor Farm meetings and reports
To read reports from previous Monitor Farm meetings, watch webinar recordings or view the on-farm videos, please click on the links below:
- Wisbech Monitor Farm summer (launch) 2021 meeting report
- East Anglian Monitor Farms regional update: February 2021 (webinar recording)
- East Anglia Monitor Farm Summer Meeting: 22 June 2020 (webinar recording)
Further information and local links
If you would like to get involved or to find out more about the Wisbech Monitor Farm, please contact Teresa Meadows, AHDB Knowledge Exchange Manager for East Anglia on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07387 015465.
There are also the following Monitor and Strategic Farms for the cereals and oilseeds sector in East Anglia to get involved with:+