Chelmsford Monitor Farm

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Christy and Hew Willett farm at Parklands Farm in Galleywood on the fringe of Chelmsford, Essex. This mother-and-son team farm in partnership across 475 ha of arable cropping, with a mixture of owned and rented land. Their rotation is typically two wheats followed by spring beans/OSR, although this has become more flexible since 2012 to include spring barley and spring oats, based on the condition of each field. The farm has recently moved to a strip-till system and is focussed on the significant challenge of grass weed management, including black-grass and ryegrass. Most of their wheat is destined for local millers. The farm has diversified into horse liveries, as well as office and industrial lets. Christy and Hew see their greatest challenge as keeping their cost of production as low as possible without sacrificing yield. They are keen to use benchmarking, on-farm trials and discussions from the Monitor Farm programme to improve and develop their farm business in these critical years for the industry.


  • Friday 8 November 2019
  • Friday 13 December 2019
  • Friday 10 January 2020
  • Friday 7 February 2020

Meetings will be 9am – 12:15pm starting with a bacon roll at Galleywood Heritage Centre, Galleywood, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8TR

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

For more information contact Teresa Meadows, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager for East Anglia on or 07387 015465

Previous meetings:

  • Summer meeting: 21 June 2019 
  • Future-proofing your farm: Friday 11 January 2019
  • Precision farming - are we picking up the right signals? Friday 14 December 2018
  • Machinery costing and collaboration: Friday 9 November 2018
  • Summer meeting: 22 June 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Profitable break crops: 9 February 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Maximising your yield potential: 12 January 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Benchmarking and crop marketing: 15 December 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Crop establishment and drill choice: 10 November 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Launch: 23 June 2017 (report, pdf)

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