Northampton Monitor Farm

Rick Davies

Rick Davies farms 404ha in partnership with his parents, trading as Newton Lodge Farms, between Northampton, Bedford and Milton Keynes. He grows Group 1 milling wheat, malting spring barley and HOLL oilseed rape, adding value where ever possible all for premium markets. The soil is a mixture of sandy loam, corn brash, silt and heavy clay loam. Crops are currently established with a Claydon-based direct drill and Rick is open to looking at other establishment methods. The Davies family have a number of diversification activities from Office and industrial lets to boxed beef and self-storage these other incomes allow the business to be more risk adverse. During the three years of the Monitor Farm programme Rick hopes to increase his business resilience, reduce fixed and variable costs while maintaining yields and improve soil health for a sustainable future.

Upcoming meetings

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

For more information contact Judith Stafford, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, on judith.stafford@ahdb.org.uk or 07891 556623.

Previous meetings:

  • Soil health: 14 May 2019
  • Grain marketing - what does the miller want? 22 January 2019
  • Soil health and crop nutrition below ground:18 December 2018
  • Machinery costs: 27 November 2018
  • Launch event: 4 July 2018