- The Barker Boys
- 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.
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