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.

Meetings

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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