There are 1282 ha (3166 ac.) of combinable crops including wheat, barley, oats, oil seed rape and beans woven into several rotations to suit specific soil types and including some forage crops of grass and whole crop cereals. Choice of variety is market driven and most crops are sold through the Openfield Marketing Group. Four grain stores are operated on separate farms; much updating has been done in the last ten years including one new state-of-the-art store and a renovation of the floor store at North Farm. The arable team consists of a manager and two men plus up to four ‘students’ at harvest. Training and safety management is very much part of the ethos of both the arable and dairy teams.
Farm Management Agreements were pioneered from 1977 and still form an important part of the farm development.
Mechanization is comprehensive but still achieves less than 1Hp/ha. One tracked 12.5m cut New Holland CR1090 combine harvests all the crops. The prime mover is a Caterpillar Challenger MT765D of 360HP mainly used for minimum-tillage matched to a five meter wide tine, disc and press combination. The drill is a 6m Horsch Sprinter, ideally suited to the conditions. The Challenger is backed up by a Fendt 933 300HP and for fertilizer spreading, general haulage etc a Fendt 720 Vario of 220HP is used. Spraying of both agrichemicals and liquid fertilizers is achieved with one self-propelled 36m Horsch PT280 sprayer. Solid fertilizer is spread with a mounted Amazon Fertspreader ZATS equipped for variable rate spreading. Particular use is made of three JCB material handlers moving everything from grain to straw and fertilizer.