Leamington Spa Monitor Farm

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Robert Fox is a farm manager based just outside Leamington Spa. The business is highly diversified, with a large enterprise around general storage and document storage, as well as machinery and labour sharing with another arable farm. Robert farms 400ha of owned and rented land, with a rotation of winter wheat, winter barley, winter oilseed rape, spring beans and spring barley. His challenges in the coming years include black-grass control, improving soil quality and introducing controlled traffic farming.

Meetings

For more information please email Richard Meredith, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, richard.meredith@ahdb.org.uk, or call 07717 493015.

Previous meetings:

  • Final meeting: 15 November 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Cover crops: 7 June 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Nutrient management: 19 January 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Leamington and Hereford joint meeting on benchmarking: 20 December 2016
  • Black-grass management and viewing trials site with John Cussans from NIAB: 6 December 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Variable rate farming: 9 November 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Summer meeting - cover crop update with Philip Wright: 8 June 2016
  • YEN regional workshop in Herefordshire with Hereford Monitor Farm: 4 May 2016
  • Soil health and the value of cover crops: 16 March 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Black-grass control: 26 January 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Harvest review, N inputs and yield potential:8 December 2015 (report, pdf)
  • Joint ventures and soils:30 June 2015 (report, pdf)
  • Precision Farming: 27 May 2015 (report, pdf)
  • Inputs & weed burden strategy: 26 March 2015
  • Grain storage & marketing: 30 January 2015 (report, pdf)
  • Benchmarking: 18 December 2014 (report, pdf)
  • Harvest and costs of production: 6 November 2014 (report, pdf)

Article: Joint ventures and clay soils

9 July 2015

On 18 June 2015, farmers from Warwickshire and further afield met at the AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds’ Leamington Spa Monitor Farm’s open day to discuss joint ventures and soil health. Leamington Monitor Farmer Robert Fox is part of a joint venture farming partnership with David Brightman of Brightman Farms near Gaydon. They have been sharing all of their machinery since 2011.

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