Newark Monitor Farm

John Miller

John Miller is a third generation farmer at Manor Farm, Kelham, Newark on Trent. He farms 685ha on a mix of tenanted and owned land in the Trent valley. Soil type ranges from blowing sand, sharp gravels and silty clay loams to heavy clay with a rotation including winter wheat, oilseed rape, spring beans, sugar beet, forage maize, malting barley and winter oats, with the occasional field rented out for potatoes. The farm is predominantly min-till with some ploughing as required. 5000 tonnes of farmyard manure comes onto farm from a local beef unit to help improve soil organic matter content. John has just become chairman of the Nottinghamshire Farm Business Group and is keen to get a better grasp of soil management and investigate cover crops with the intention of reducing costs of production.

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 or 07891 556623.

Previous meetings:

  • Summer meeting: 7 June 2019
  • Spraying: 16 January 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Foliar nutrition and micronutrients: 14 December 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Drainage: 9 November 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Summer meeting: 5 June 2018
  • Fixed cost control: 14 February 2018
  • Employment: 17 January 2018
  • Soil nutrition and values of organic manures: 13 December 2017
  • Soil nutrition and availability with Neil Fuller; soil health with Dr Jackie Stroud plus field tour looking at drill systems. Harvest update from John Miller: 8 November 2017
  • Summer meeting: 7 June 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Regional agronomy meeting. Nutrient management, weed management, cover crops, soil health: 8 February 2017 (read the event report)
  • Future farming without subsides and making a profit. Machinery and grain storage. Other revenue sources: 11 January 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Profit from your crops. Alternative crop options, rotations and varieties YEN Update: 6 December 2016 (read the press release) (report, pdf)
  • Soils. science and practice: 2 November 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Launch meeting: 29 June 2016 (report, pdf)



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