Meet the 50 farmers

Explore below to find out more about our 50 farmers taking part in this year’s wheat fungicide trials.

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Alex Borthwick

Alex Borthwick

Occupation: Agronomist

Farm: Hoehill Farm

Cropping: winter wheat, winter barley, winter oilseed rape, spring barley, potatoes (main crop) sugar beet and vining peas.

Farm machinery:

TRACTORS: John Deere 8345, Fendt 828, John Deere 6195, Massey Ferguson 7480, Massey Ferguson 8670.
COMBINE: New Holland 8.90 with 35ft header
SPRAYER; Bateman RB26
DRILL (wheat): Vaderstad 6m Rapid
Fertiliser application: Amazone ZAM 3600 granular.

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Simon Beddows

Simon Beddows

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Dunsden Green Farm Office

Cropping: 750ha arable

Farm machinery:

TRACTORS: 3 X John Deere ~210hp
COMBINE: John Deere S680 i, 30ft header
SPRAYER: Chafer Guardian, 5000L, 30m
DRILL John Deere 750 A
Fertiliser application: granular

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John Biggin

John Biggin

Occupation: Agronomist

Farm: JB Agriculture Ltd

Cropping: Winter wheat and winter oilseed rape

Farm machinery:

N/a. Contractors used.

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Andrew Mahon

Andrew Mahon

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Bromborough Estate Company Limited, Glebe Farm

Cropping: Winter Wheat 250ha, 140ha Winter beans, 100 ha oats, 155ha spring barley, 50ha of Oilseed Rape, 20ha peas

Farm machinery:

Tractors: 2 x John Deere: 330hp CaseIH 150hp165hp
Combine: John Deere S790
Sprayer: Bateman Self propelled
Drill: Cross-slot

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Ginette Filson

Ginette Filson

Occupation: Agronomist

Farm: GB Foot, Vyne Farm Sherborne St John

Cropping: Wheat, potatoes, winter beans, spring beans, spring barley.

Farm machinery:

Bateman RB26, MF6499-Dyna6, KRM fertiliser sprayer, New Holland combine, Vaderstad 6m RDA Rapid system disc drill.

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Ben Styles

Ben Styles

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: J A Styles, Bocking Hall

Cropping: Winter wheat (all feed), winter & spring barley (latter for malting), OSR, winter & spring beans (depending on rotation/ black-grass burden).

Farm machinery:

Main tractors are: 150hp Deutz-Fahr, 145hp Claas and 120hp Zetor. Landquip 24m sprayer, 24m KRM Bogballe spreader, Kverneland tine drill, 5-furrow plough (20 years old), Merlo telehandler, JD S685i combine (30ft header). Note: the Merlo and combine are shared with a neighbour.

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Tom Reynolds

Tom Reynolds

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Pent Farm

Cropping: Winter wheat, winter barley, grass seed and spring beans.

Farm machinery:

3 x John Deere: 8270r, 6210r, 6830; Bateman sprayer: part owned; No-till drill: part owned; Horsch sprinter drill: part owned; Combine: hire in; Cultivation equipment: hire in as needed.

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Nathan Hopkins

Nathan Hopkins

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Hopkins Developments, Sutton Farm

Cropping: Winter wheat (milling), OSR, hybrid barley, spring barley, spring beans and grass.

Farm machinery:

Sumo DTS drill (8m), Vaderstad Rapid (8m), Sumo LDS subsoiler, Vaderstad TopDown cultivator, Amazone Pantera sprayer (36m) Amazone ZAM fertiliser spreader, Claas Lexion 780 combine(12m), Fendt 980, 2 x Challenger 785.

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Graham Thompson

Graham Thompson

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: P C Kindred and Son, Crabbes Farm Parham

Cropping: Winter wheat 210ha, winter barley 4 ha OSR 40ha. Wheat is grown for seed so a wide range of varieties is grown.

Farm machinery:

TRACTORS: 2 x New Holland tractors 210 hp and 250 hp; New Holland combine (GPS, Yield mapping); Landquip self-propelled sprayer; Simba Horsch drill; Sumo cultivator and power harrow.

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James Forrest

James Forrest

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Forrest Farms

Cropping: Winter Wheat (High % seed crops), OSR, Winter Barley, Spring Barley (seed), sugar beet, spring beans (seed), Parsley.

Farm machinery:

Quadtrac/Challenger rubber tracked crawlers GPS enabled, Vaderstad cultivation/drill equipment, 40 metre self-propelled sprayer (spraying and liquid fertilizer).

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Frazer Jolly

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.

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Russell McKenzie

Russell McKenzie

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: John Sheard Farms

Cropping: Winter wheat, oilseed rape, winter/spring barley, spring beans, cover crops.

Farm machinery:

Combine – Claas Lexion 780
Sprayer – John Deere R4040i
Tractors – Cat Challenger 765, John Deere 7310, 6190, 6620
Drill – 6m Horsch Sprinter adapted for the no-till role
About the farmer: Russell is a Nuffield Scholar [http://www.nuffieldscholar.org/scholars/russ-mckenzie/]

His work investigated how the best no-till practitioners across the world manage to make the system work in both the wettest and driest of conditions.

http://croptecbuzz.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/harvest-2016- and-industry- innovation.html

He is also an AHDB Monitor Farm [https://cereals.ahdb.org.uk/get-involved/monitor-farms/huntingdon-monitor- farm.aspx]

Has done trials for BASF for the last 13 years.

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Andrew Pitts

Andrew Pitts

Occupation: Agronomist

Farm: The Grange

Cropping: Varies, but predominantly wheat/OSR with some spring barley grown for seed. Wheat crop is 80% seed and 20% milling into Camgrain. All OSR goes to Camgrain.

Farm machinery:

CAT 765 with 4m TopDown & 6m Vaderstad drill. Claas 780TT with 12.3m header, RB 25 sprayer.

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Nigel Durdy

Nigel Durdy

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Ninevah Farms

Cropping: Winter wheat, oilseed rape, spring barley, beans, maize and winter rye.

Farm machinery:

Three rubber track Claas crawlers (models 75, 55 and 45), MF and JD wheeled tractors, Massey Ferguson combine on tracks, Challenger Rogator sprayer with 36 metre booms, Vaderstad Rapid 6m drill, subsoiler, Cultipress.

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Julian Thirsk

Julian Thirsk

Occupation: Agronomist

Farm: Flaxley Lodge Farm

Cropping: Wheat, barley (winter & spring), OSR, peas, early, second early and main crop potatoes.

Farm machinery:

Three main tractors all JDs, ranging from 170-280hp, 6m Horsch combination drill, Lemken plough, 5m Simba X-Press, 3m Simba SL, Simba Freeflow subsoiler, 24m Sands self-propelled sprayer, Amazone fertiliser spreader, JD combine, sugar beet drill.

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Richard and Steven Cockroft

Richard and Steven Cockroft

Occupation: Farmers

Farm: Bowsden Hall Farm

Cropping: Winter wheat, winter barley, oilseed rape, vining peas

Farm machinery:

John Deere tractors, Simba SL, Philip Watkins Tri-Till, Khun 6-furrow plough, Lemken Solitaire combination drill, Class Lexion combine and Amazone ZATS spreader, Bateman self-propelled sprayer and Dalbo rollers.

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Trevor Needham

Trevor Needham

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: R.E. Howard & Sons

Cropping: Winter wheat 298ha, spring wheat 101ha, winter barley 53ha, spring barley 113ha, OSR 122ha, Soya 21ha, sugar beet, carrots, rotational grass and permanent pasture

Farm machinery:

John Deere tractors – 100-200hp, Claas combine (10.6m) on tracks, Agribuggy 24m sprayer, Multi-drive 24m, Mzuri 3m drill, Accord 3m drill

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Richard Hinchliffe

Richard Hinchliffe

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Dikes Marsh Farm

Cropping: Winter wheat (all Group 4 feed) – Evolution, Grafton, Costello, Viscount, Motown, and autumn-sown Belepi, Spring wheat – Kilburn (although the wet weathers has probably killed this off in 2018!), Spring Barley - Planet, Winter oilseed rape (hybrids and conventional) – Campus, Elgar, Django, DK Imperial, Winter beans – Wizard & Tundra, Spring beans - Lynx, Linseed – Marquise.

Farm machinery:

Challenger 764A, Two John Deere tractors, 6830 and 7820, 6m John Deere 750A single disc coulter drill, New Holland CR9080 combine, Sands self-propelled sprayer 30m, Challenger-Agri trailed subsoiler, TWB Trailed Twin Mole-Plough, Horsch 6M FM cultivator.

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Ian Lutey

Ian Lutey

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Monks Hardwick Cottage

Cropping: Winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley, winter oilseed rape, and spring beans.

Farm machinery:

Fendt 936, CAT 765C, MF6490, MF9495, tractors. JCB 531-70 telehandler, Case 9240 Combine, Horsch Terrano cultivator, Vaderstad 8m drill, Bateman RB35 sprayer.

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James Faulkner

James Faulkner

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: R Davidson & Sons

Cropping: Winter wheat (milling), marrowfat peas, forage rye and maize for a neighbouring AD plant, and oilseed rape

Farm machinery:

Main tractors are a Case Quadtrac and a tracked JD 9RX. Also 3 smaller JDs. Cultivation kit includes 7m Vaderstad TopDown, 10m Rexius Twin, 10-furrow Gregoire Besson plough, Farmet cultivator, 8m Vaderstad drill, 40m Amazone Pantera sprayer, 24m Bateman sprayer, Amazone fert spreader and JD S690 combine.

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Tom Bradshaw

Tom Bradshaw

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: W Bradshaw & Son

Cropping: Winter wheat (mostly group 2s), winter (feed) and spring (malting) barley, spring oats, winter and spring beans, linseed and sugar beet.

Farm machinery:

Tractors include Fendt 939, Case Puma 240 x 2, 6,000-litre trailed Horsh sprayer (also does liquid fertilizer), cross-slot drill, various sub-soilers, two tracked Case IH 9230 combines.

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Andrew Williamson

Andrew Williamson

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Upper Overton, Bridgnorth,

Cropping: Winter wheat (120 ha), winter barley, winter oats, winter oilseed rape, spring barley. and spring beans.

Farm machinery:

John Deere tractors, Claas combine, min-till drill and cultivators from Vaderstad and Lemken, Chafer trailed sprayer, and KRM fertiliser spreader.

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Edward Vipond

Edward Vipond

Occupation: Agronomist

Farm: Troston Farms

Cropping: Winter wheat, oilseed rape, sugar beet, winter rye, forage maize, forage rye, forage triticale and spring beans for human consumption.

Farm machinery:

 Claas tractors including Xerion, Axion and Arion models, Vaderstad primary cultivators and drills, Sumo Quatro subsoiler/cultivator, Lemken plough with press, and Claas Lexion 750 with 9.0m header.

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Pat Thornton

Pat Thornton

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Low Melwood

Cropping: Winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, spring barley, and spring wheat.

Farm machinery:

All harvesting work and crop establishment is done by contractors. Pat owns New Holland tractors, 24 metre trailed sprayer and other equipment. Pat also uses on-floor dryer and stores all of his crops on the farm.

About the farmer: Brought up on the family farm, Pat has combined a career in agronomy with his own farming activities. He has worked with ADAS, NIAB/TAG and AHDB where he had responsibility for running monitor farms. He also works as a consultant.

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Tom Sewell

Tom Sewell

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Sewell Farms

Cropping: Winter wheat, oilseed rape, winter oats, and spring barley. No set whole farm rotation, however, he has rotations for individual fields.

Farm machinery:

3 x John Deere tractors; 300hp, 200hp and 180hp
Bateman 24m sprayer
Case Axial flow 9230 (tracks, 9m header)
No-till cross slot drill
Rollers

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Antony Pearce

Antony Pearce

Occupation: FArmer

Farm: Moat Farm

Cropping: All combinable crops, comprising WW (50%), OSR (25%), spring crops, including barley, beans, wheat, depending on rotation.

Farm machinery:

Main tractors are JD 7270, JD 6210, NH 7060. Claydon drill, Sky Agriculture direct drill, 24m self-propelled Agribuggy sprayer. Two NH combines (CX8070 and CR8090) are used due to the geographic spread of the farmed area and downtime associated with moving vehicles on public roads around urban areas.

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Tim and Kit Papworth

Tim and Kit Papworth

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Lodge Farm

Cropping: Includes winter wheat (1000 acres), barley, oilseed rape, potatoes (crisping, processing, fresh and salads), grass, sugar beet, peas (combining and vining) , beans, turnips, dwarf beans.

Farm machinery:

Includes Horsch drill, tractors from John Deere, Fendt, Claas, Lemken 7 furrow plough, Claas Lexion combines, Grimme potato equipment, John Deere self-propelled sprayer and trailed sprayer.

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Andrew Osmond

Andrew Osmond

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Moor Court Farm

Cropping: w wheat (PB seed), OSR, Spring barley (seed, malting, distilling), grass seed.

Farm machinery:

JDT670i combine 25’ premium flow header and stripper header, JD6215R and 6930 tractors, JCB telehandler, KRM Sola drill, KV Geospread fert spreader, and 24 m Berthoud sprayer.

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Chris Leslie

Chris Leslie

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Agricultural Management Haddington Ltd, Cockielaw Farm

Cropping: Wheat, oilseed rape, spring and winter oats, and vining peas

Farm machinery:

Two combines, chaser bin, straw rake, Horsch cultivator, Vaderstadt drill, Knight sprayer, Bredal fert spreader, and Watkins subsoiler.

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Toby Hogsbjerg

Toby Hogsbjerg

Occupation: Agronomist

Farm: Swinbrook Estate

Cropping: Winter wheat, winter barley, oilseed rape, spring wheat, winter and spring linseed, and spring beans.

Farm machinery:

Class Lexion 760 Terra Trac, Challenger 765, Fendt 724, MF 7718, MF 6480, 6M Kuhn Cultimer, 6m Horsch Sprinter, Chafer 30m trailed sprayer (4000l).

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Mike Hambly

Mike Hambly

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Westcott Farm Partnership

Cropping: Winter Wheat, OSR, Winter Oats, Winter Barley and Spring Barley

Farm machinery:

Two main tractors are JD 6170R and JD 6630 premium, 24m mounted Amazone sprayer, plough, Sumo Trio, Simba Unipress, Vaderstad Rapide drill, KRM fertiliser spreader, 8.5m Dalbo Rolls with Avadex/Slug applicator -Combining & Bailing done by contractor.

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Jorin Grimsdale

Jorin Grimsdale

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Mountfair Farm

Cropping: Winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, winter beans, vining peas, spring oats.

Farm machinery:

Tractors – John Deere 9470 RX, John Deere 9420T, John Deere 7930, John Deere 6150R. Two New Holland 10.90 combines with 12 metre headers. Horsch 12m drill, 12m cultivator, 6m Simba SL discs, Horsch 36m self-propelled sprayer, Amazone 8200 ZG-2S 36m fertiliser spreader. Horsch Titan chaser bin on tracks.

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David Fuller-Shapcott

David Fuller-Shapcott

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: J.N. Fuller-Shapcott & Co, Sweethope Farm

Cropping: Winter wheat, winter and spring barley, oilseed rape, and spring oats.

Farm machinery:

Main tractor is an MF 6480, also a JD 6330 and JD 6200. Establishment based around a Weaving Subdisc and combination power harrow/drill. The JD T560 combine is fitted with a 20ft header to reduce weight and minimise downtime when moving between fields.

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Richard Budd

Richard Budd

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Stevens Farm

Cropping: Winter - oilseed rape, barley, wheat, oats, and field beans. Spring - barley, beans, and oats.

Farm machinery:

Sumo DTS 6m drill (all crops), Challenger 755C, Rogator 645C 30m sprayer, Amazone ZA-TS Hydro Profi with Argus system, Claas 770TT V1050 header, 2 x Fendt 724 and 1 MF 6616 tractors.

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Tim Beaver

Tim Beaver

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: RJ Beaver

Cropping: Winter wheat, Winter barley, spring barley (malting), sugar beet, and oilseed rape

Farm machinery:

Main tractors are a MF 6499 and JD 7230, 20m Knight sprayer mounted on a JCB Fastrac, Kuhn fertiliser spreader, Kuhn power harrow/drill combination, 9280 Massey Delta combine (due to be replaced)

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Brian Barker

Brian Barker

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: EJ Barker and Sons

Cropping: WW 246 ha, Spring Beans 65 ha, Winter Barley 41ha, Spring Linseed 36 ha 81 ha herbage grass.

Farm machinery:

TRACTORS: 3 X Fendt 936, 826, 516
COMBINE: Claas Lexion 760
SPRAYER: 30m Sands Horizon self propelled
DRILL: Sumo DTS, Sumo DD

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Robin Aird

Robin Aird

Occupation: Farmer

Farm: Charlton Park Farms

Cropping: Winter wheat, oilseed rape, spring barley and winter barley

Farm machinery:

Min-till system based on a Gregoire Besson Discordon cultivator and Vaderstad Rapid drill, trailed sprayer, New Holland CR900 combine, and grain dryer

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