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Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Spring beans going in the ground.

With the nice dry weather over the past week, the sun has dried the top off well and so the drill in out putting in our crop of seed tic beans. These are a spring break crop, they are a small broad bean used in a number of markets for human feed and livestock feed. We grow the seed to be used for the main crop next year which means that we have to grow the beans to even higher standards but this is reflected in the price that we sell them for under contract.
We are growing 21 ha and the drill is set up to drill 160kg/ha of seed. We will not roll the beans in as they is enough soil to seed contact already but we will follow up with a herbicide spray soon after drilling as the spectrum of chemicals are very limited in removing weeds from spring sown pulses like beans and peas. We will just then wait and hope for a bit of rain to get them off to the best possible start. BWB  

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