FARMING AND CONTRACTING
The land at rectory farm has been in the family since 1920. We are now in our fifth generation of farmers. In the 94 years the family have been farming Rectory farm we have moved from using horses and man power, having the first self-propelled combine in the area right up to present day equipment all guided by GPS precision farming systems.
We offer an in-house management policy with a can do attitude and our 94 years’ experience has enabled us to farm to the highest possible standard. The land farmed covers wide and varied soil types, from London boulder clay, chalky loams and sandy soils.
Our cultivation approach is determined by the soil types we farm. For this reason, we have no set cultivation plan. We take every field as it comes and make decisions based on the fields’ soil conditions. This could mean we use anything from non-inversion, deep sub soiling, minimum tillage or rotational ploughing.
We establish crops using our fleet of modern machinery. Timeliness is our goal and we believe a week is a long time in farming and can make all the difference between a good crop and a great crop.
Rectory Farm is in the higher level stewardship scheme (HLS). This means that we are maximising our land’s potential by actively enhancing the natural flora and fauna along with the native wildlife species.
By investing in modern satellite guided and fuel efficient farm machinery, we are able to achieve a pass to pass accuracy of 2cm, which has increased our efficiency and ensures farming to the highest possible standard. Our sprayer and fertiliser are both guided and controlled by GPS, which makes certain that our chemical and fertilizer overlap is kept to a minimum. This combats wastage and over application, which, in turn helps the wildlife across our farms.
We grow a wide variety of crops on Rectory Farm; winter and spring wheat, winter and spring oilseed rape, spring barley, winter beans, sugar beet, maize, potatoes, onions and stubble turnips. Growing a broad range of crops allows us to maintain and increase the organic matter in the soil and increases the soil’s fertility.
We introduced stubble turnips into our rotation for a number of hugely beneficial reasons. They allow us weed-control as turnips out compete weeds. We fatten our own lambs on the turnips through the winter months; the lambs graze any weeds that have grown over the turnip canopy. The key benefit is the increase in organic matter, as the land is ‘mucked’ by the sheep as they graze.
We are members of linking environment and farming (LEAF) and are LEAF marquee certified. LEAF is the leading organisation promoting sustainable agriculture, food and farming. It provides assurance that sustainable farming is an operation which supports the integration and needs of the environment, along with farm economic viability and sustainability over the long term. We use LEAF as part of our integrated farm management (IFM). In addition, we work with our neighbouring farmers to promote the farming industry and educate the public as part of Open Farm Sunday, which is essentially an open day for the public. Send us your email address we will keep you up to date with all open farm Sunday activities and other exciting things happening on the farms!
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