Arable Farming

Arable Farming
The land is of Grade 3 quality, and comprises classic Cotswold brash to the west and clay loam to the east.  The topography undulates from 425 to 875 feet above sea level.  Much of the lower lying land is permanent pasture, being in ridge and furrow and with poor natural drainage.  Nearly half of the overall area of the farm is permanent pasture.

Approaching two thirds of the acreage of arable crops is cereals, with the overall objective of maximizing the acreage of first wheat crops (because they are the most profitable) and rotating these around either other cereal crops (barley or oats), or quality break crops (beans, oilseed rape or grass).

 

The balance of cropping is mindful of a good spread of risk and also of work routine, whether establishment or harvesting.