Bridgnorth Monitor Farm

Adrian Joynt2

Adrian has been Farm Manager for the Apley Estate, just north of Bridgnorth in Shropshire, since 2011. He is responsible for 650ha of arable cropping. He runs a five-year rotation on the predominantly medium soils, which includes wheat, barley, oilseed rape, oats and potatoes. A policy of minimal cultivation with rotational ploughing is employed and most of the labour and machinery required is run in-house. Grain storage and marketing is done on farm and the farm uses an independent agronomist. In addition to the arable land, the farm includes 300ha of grassland which is used for a suckler cow herd and a beef finishing unit. Tack sheep graze the grassland and stubble turnips during the winter. Adrian would like to look at variable rate nitrogen, alternative break crops, grass weed control and cover crops during the programme.

Upcoming meetings

Visit the AHDB events portal for all Monitor Farm meeting dates and details

For more information please contact Richard Meredith, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, on richard.meredith@ahdb.org.uk.

Previous meetings:

  • Brexit scenario planning: 20 February 2019
  • Labour and machinery review: 21 November 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Summer meeting: 5 June 2018
  • Land drainage: 6 March 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Grain marketing post-Brexit: 6 February 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Pushing for yield: 9 January 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Benchmarking / risk management: 5 December 2017
  • Building a profitable arable rotation: 7 November 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Summer open day: 31 May 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Variable rate farming: 3 March 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Cover crops: 15 February 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Fertiliser - are you getting the most from your inputs?: 18 January 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Benchmarking: 14 December 2016
  • Weed management strategies: 16 November 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Launch meeting: 9 June 2016, 10am - 1pm (report, pdf)

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