Dereham Monitor Farm

Simon Brock

Simon has been the manager at Swanton Morley Farms, just north of Dereham in Norfolk, since 1998. He is responsible for 966ha of arable cropping, most of which is owned with some contract farmed. He runs a long rotation on the sandy clay soils which includes wheat, barley, oilseed rape, beans and sugar beet. A policy of minimal cultivation with rotational ploughing is employed and all the labour and machinery required is run in-house. Grain storage and marketing is mostly done on farm and Simon does his own agronomy. In addition to the arable land, the farm includes significant areas of HLS, ELS, woodland and grassland which is used for a herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle. There is also a separate organic pig enterprise.


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Previous meetings:

  • Minimum not minimal: 5 March 2019
  • Machinery costings and collaboration: Tuesday 22 January 2019 
  • Fertiliser use and efficiency: Tuesday 18 December 2018
  • Effective tyres, traction and practical CTF: Tuesday 27 November 2018 
  • Summer meeting: 5 June 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Fungicide efficacy, resistance & micronutrients: 20 February 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Enhancing your soil health and soil biology: 16 January 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Your farm business - fit for the future? 19 December 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Adjuvant academy: 28 November 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Summer open day: 21 June 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Agronomy update: 23 February 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Reaching your yield potential: 19 January 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Benchmarking costs and marketing grain: 15 December 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Crop establishment & drill choice: 17 November 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Launch meeting: 6 July 2016 (report, pdf)

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