The Farming Year

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Our aim is to have the land working as efficiently as possible 365 days a year. This means, weather permitting of course, that as soon as one year’s crop is harvested next year’s crop is in the ground.

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HARVEST 2015: COMBINING OSR, PLOUGHING AND ROLLING TO PREPARE THE LAND FOR SOWING NEXT YEAR’S WHEAT.
HARVEST 2015: COMBINING OSR, PLOUGHING AND ROLLING TO PREPARE THE LAND FOR SOWING NEXT YEAR’S WHEAT.

For potatoes, the farming year starts in April with preparing the land for planting. This involves de-stoning and preparing the seed bed.

De-stoning UK potato farming
De-stoning
Ridging
Bed-tilling
Planting
Planting
Emerged potatoes, the drills are created using RTK guidance
Emerged potatoes, the drills are created using RTK guidance
Irrigation
Irrigation

spuds-in-flowerThe crops are sprayed at various intervals during the growing season.

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Topping
Topping
The final application of pesticides before digging
Dessication before harvest

As soon as the combinable crops are in the shed we start harvesting.

Digging seed potatoes, which are hand-sorted at the rear of the harvester.
Harvesting seed potatoes, which are hand-sorted at the rear of the harvester.

Harvesting is a slow process – we aim to harvest approximately 20 acres a day. The weather often hampers our efforts as we can only lift the potatoes when it’s dry. Once harvested the potatoes are taken to our fridges until needed. We can store potatoes from September through until May.

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EDUCATION OUTREACH

Anyone interested in outreach projects centred around knowing more about farming or food production please get in touch. Here is a short presentation we did for a local First School.

How to grow potatoes on a farm.

Where does your food come from?

VIDEOS

Below are a selection of videos of our farming year.

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