Old Hall Farm, East Yorkshire.
Winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley, OSR, beans.
About the farmers
Tim is a farmer’s son who has lived on the farm all of his life. He has a BSc in agriculture from Harper. He has also gained a Masters at Nottingham in crop science and management. He has an interest in agronomy and completed his BASIS and FACTs within a couple of years of coming home. Tim farms with his father and uncle and brother part time. He has a 12-year-old son who may be interested in working in the business in the future.
About the farm
The farm is located on Yorks Wolds. There are three farms in a triangle within 10 miles of one another. Tim predominantly runs an arable farm with 30-40ha of permanent grass on which he keeps 40-50 head of sucklers, the progeny are fattened on homegrown feed and forage and sold through Dovecote Park and sucklers are finished indoors. Tim has a mix of breeds among his ‘hobby flock’, which he sells to Dovecote Park. They like UK protein, so are fed on own beans.
Soils are chalky clay loam.
Tim believes in technical, attention to detail. He uses a varied and sustainable rotation and soil health is key. He tries not to let potato growers make a mess (grow on lighter land). Min till is used when rotation allows. Barley and second wheat are grown to reduce volunteer burden. Tim is also trying cover crops.
Cultivation and drilling approach
A plough is used for winter and spring barley and beans.
A cousins V form subsoiler is used for OSR establishment and a combination drill.
On the heavy soil the rotation is as follows: WW x 2, WB, OSR, WW again before spring beans.
On the lighter land the rotation is as follows: 3 cereals and break. Potatoes of let it, 1 in 8 for potatoes plus beans.
Biggest agronomic challenges
Tim’s biggest agronomic challenge is a zero-tolerance approach to blackgrass; half the farm has none, maybe one plant per acre.
Loss of AIs and increasing pyrethroird resistance is also a challenge.
What do they most value about Real Results?
Tim enjoys seeing the value in new fungicide chemistry and driving productivity of the farm forward.
He says Yen looks interesting going forward and has also valued the winter wheat trials.
He has also enjoyed trialing Clearfield OSR strips for the third year. Tim said, “Clearfield varieties are coming on. I did a lump of field in Clearfield and the weed control was wonderful. Yield and oil are still to catch up.”