Fodder Beet

We grow fodder beet here on the farm as a feed for the cattle. Fodder beet is a similar plant to the more commonly seen sugar beet plant.  The sugar content is lower, but the yield per acre is typically somewhat higher.  Sugar beet growers may typically expect to grow between 20 and 30 tonnes … Read more

Grass Weed Control In Cereals

Certain grass weeds are becoming a very big problem for UK farmers in arable rotations.  This is due to a combination of reasons which is providing the ‘perfect storm’ for their proliferation. Most farmers are experiencing this to some degree, although certain farming systems and soil types create the correct conditions for grass weeds to … Read more

UK Fertiliser Prices

Ammonium Nitrate fertiliser prices have stayed firm at £390/tonne through December of 2008.  It is not surprising to hear that fertiliser traders and manufacturers are advising farmers to continue buying to secure supplies – well of course it’s not surprising, they are trying to sell as much product as possible before the price crashes! Ian … Read more

Arable Crops Glossary

Arable Crops Definitions Arable Farming – The production of crops. Barley – A cereal crop grown mainly for malting and as an animal feed. Biodiesel – Fuel that has been produced using crops. Blight – A potato disease. Buteric Silage – Silage that is too wet and does not ferment properly. Canola – The American … Read more

Potato Varieties Grown On The Farm

There are many varieties of potatoes which are grown for different reasons. Soilman asked, “What varieties do you grow?” The potato varieties we have grown on the farm over the years are: Hermes – these potatoes have been grown for a merchant that sells the potatoes for crisping. King Edward – these potatoes have been sold to the public for … Read more

Grading Potatoes

The potato harvest has begun for our farm this week and so I am now grading potatoes. This means that once the potatoes are lifted from the field, they are then tipped from the trailer onto a conveyor belt that allows us to grade the potatoes by picking out the following items; Stones, Mud, Weeds, … Read more

Naming Arable Crops Contest

What is an arable crop? An arable crop is a plant (cereal, fruit or vegetable) that is cultivated for food or other uses, on ploughed land. How many arable crops can you name? Can you name 30 or more? Have a go at naming arable crops in the contact form below and the reader who … Read more

Barley Harvest Completed

  The barley has been successfully harvested this year and the grain is safely stored in the new grain store.   Our Winter barley had a good harvest but the Spring barley was more difficult this year.

Wheat Harvest Finished

  The wheat has been successfully harvested this year and the grain is safely stored in the new grain store. It has been reported that the yields are down nationally, but our wheat yields are reasonable this year, although there is a problem with the straw staying green. Arable Crops Grain Shed Grain store Harvest WheatArable Crops, Grain … Read more