Cardiff Monitor Farm

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Julian Radcliffe farms around 600ha, of which 400ha are arable, in the shadow of Cardiff Airport. The farm has very shallow medium loam soils, around 20-28cm and even less in some places. Julian grows wheat, OSR, barley, oats and grass, and has started growing a small area of maize. He recently invested in a beef unit to finish 250 cattle and also has a flock of 200 breeding ewes. Julian’s aim is achieving consistent yields and maximising returns, and to do this his focus for the Monitor Farm programme will be on yields, cultivation, grass weed control and a marketing strategy to address price volatility.

Meeting notice

This project has now finished.

Previous meetings:

  • Sprayer nozzles and more: 26 June 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Benchmarking:  2 February 2017
  • Designing an input strategy: 18 January 2017 (report, pdf)
  • 8 December 2016
  • Farm walk: 1 June 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Soils and cultivation choices with Chris Duller. Controlled traffic farming with Julian Gold (Wantage Monitor Farm): 27 April 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Precision farming:9 December 2015 (report, pdf)
  • Open day and soil management:
  • Farm walk & inputs strategy:22 April 2015 (report, pdf)
  • Grain marketing workshop:4 February 2015 (report, pdf)
  • Launch event: 4 December 2014 (report, pdf)

Information and meeting reports available in Welsh on request

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