Sittingbourne Monitor Farm

Mark %20Bowsher -Gibbs

Mark Bowsher-Gibbs is farm manager for G.H Dean & Co Ltd, a long established family business farming near Sittingbourne in Kent. A mixed farm of 1,760ha, the majority of land is under a five year arable rotation, predominantly wheat, oilseed rape, beans and peas. A flock of 1,524 ewes is kept on 468ha of pasture, much of which is in HLS and there are 192ha of orchards producing pears, cherries and apples. Specific areas of interest within the 1,100ha arable enterprise centre on strip tillage and crop residue management, soil microbiology, cover cropping and CTF. Soils vary considerably from clayey coastal flats to freely draining loams with some of the higher ground having a greater stone content overlying chalk.


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