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.

Meetings

Visit the AHDB events portal for all Monitor Farm meeting dates and details

If you are interested in attending the next meeting, please email Paul Hill, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager, on paul.hill@ahdb.org.uk

Previous meetings:

  • Summer meeting: 20 June 2019
  • Sustainable, integrated farming (joint event with LEAF): 19 February 2019
  • Drilling into your fixed costs to sow a profit: 29 January 2019 (report, pdf)
  • Robust rotations and what we can learn from organic farming: 11 December 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Summer meeting: 19 June 2018
  • Diversification and biodiversity: 22 February 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Collaboration ventures: 24 January 2018 (report, pdf)
  • Soils and machinery: 6 December 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Farming after Brexit: 8 November 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Summer open day: 22 June 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Soil health and crop nutrition: 9 March 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Yield Enhancement Network - breaking the yield barrier: 9 February 2017 (report, pdf)
  • CTF and precision farming: 12 January 2017 (report, pdf)
  • Cover crops and strip till vs direct drilling: 10 November 2016 (report, pdf)
  • Launch meeting: 23 June 2016 (report, pdf)

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