Canterbury Monitor Farm

William Smith farms with his father, brother and one other employee at Beaute Farm near Canterbury. Covering some 765 ha, of which 190 ha are owned, 100 ha are rented and the rest managed under varying contract farming agreements; the land features a variety of soil types including chalk loam, brick earth and marsh clay. William grows milling wheat, oilseed rape, beans quinoa and maize for a local anaerobic digestion plant. Alongside their crops the farm has a sheep and beef enterprise, straw and hay and property development businesses.

William wants to improve his net margins through reducing input costs, via integrated farm and pest management; reducing his impact on the environment and supporting local biodiversity. Over the next three years William is keen to use the Monitor Farm programme to improve his farming methods and strategies, helping him to identify opportunities from the challenges ahead.

Upcoming meetings

  • 7 November 2019
  • 19 December 2019
  • 13 February 2020
  • 12 March 2020

For more information or to attend a meeting contact Paul Hill, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager for the South East on paul.hill@ahdb.org.uk or 07964 243699.

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