Leicester Monitor Farm

Jack Smith

Jack Smith is Farm Manager at Farmcare’s Stoughton Estate on the edge of Leicester. The estate extends to 1650ha, mostly owned with a further 185ha of contract farming agreements. The rotation includes winter wheat, winter barley, winter oilseed rape, spring oats and spring beans with a substantial HLS/ELS stewardship scheme. The farm operates a traditional min-till cultivations system at 32 metre tramlines and one 12 metre combine. There are four staff plus Jack and a full time administrator employed on the farm. The estate faces a number of issues including drainage, increasing black-grass, declining organic matter and an ageing grain handling system. Jack is also keen to look at widening the rotation to include more spring cropping and reducing machinery costs.


Previous meetings

  • Succession and tax: 6 February 2018
  • 500 acres or 5,000 - which is more resilient?: 9 January 2018
  • Grain storage: 5 December 2017  (report, pdf)
  • Accurate leaf and soil testing: 7 November 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Summer open day: 20 June 2017 (report, pdf)
  • What can we learn from organic arable farming? 14 February 2017
  • Crops, soil nutrition, cover crops and fertilisers: 10 January 2017
  • Soils, power, compaction and return on costs: 13 December 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Crops or fallow? Alternative crops, alternative markets: 15 November 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Launch meeting: 7 June 2016 (report, pdf)

For more information please contact Harry Henderson, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, on harry.henderson@ahdb.org.uk



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