Real results 50 profile - Frazer Jolly

Name: Frazer Jolly

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Saltby Estate

Cropping: OSR, winter wheat, spring barley, sugar beet.

Farm machinery:

All John Deere tractors, sprayer and combine. Vaderstad and Alpego drills.

About the farmer:

Frazer began his agricultural career on the family farm, breeding Charolais cattle and working for a local contractor. Following agricultural college, he took up a position with another farmer/contractor growing a mixed range of crops, including potatoes which involved on-farm cold storage. This followed with a position with Strutt and Parker Farms and then onto his current position as Farm Manager at the Saltby Estate. Frazer is a member of the East of England Agricultural Society’s Cultiv8 group and has had the honour of driving a Class Xerion at the Lord Mayor’s Show for the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

About the farm:

The rotation at Saltby prior to Frazer’s appointment was based almost exclusively on wheat/OSR. Due to a proliferation of blackgrass, they have moved to spring cropping with spring barley and sugar beet to try to break the reliance on early drilling and to make use of a mixture of different herbicide active ingredients. They have an ongoing contract with ADM for their OSR (which is LEAF assured), sugar beet is delivered into Newark and most cereals are marketed through Openfield. Autumn crops are established with a Sumo Trio followed by a Horsch Joker pass and then Vaderstad-drilled. Spring crops are ploughed for, overwintered and then direct drilled with the Alpego. The farm has both ELS and HLS to make best environmental use of less productive areas.

Farming philosophy:

Frazer looks to maximise the profitability of the estate without compromising the needs of staff and family members. His personal business ethos is based on the statement “You’ve got to be in it to win it,” and his prime, strategic objective on the farm is to reduce the blackgrass population, whilst at the same time increasing yields all round. He is happy to consider any commercial options and opportunities that might be open to the estate.

Hopes for Real Results participation:

Frazer admits that he is always learning and so the ability to share information with like minded people and carry out trial work that might prove mutually beneficial, can only be a good thing.