All of our farms are predominantly chalky in soil type with some outlaying clay knolls and areas of sand running through the lower lying land. The land is free draining.
Crops are predominantly grown to supply local markets. Milling rye and oats are produced for Jordans Ryvita. Some soft milling wheat and most of the barley is also sold to Jordans Ryvita. All of which are grown under Conservation Grade protocols. The Conservation Grade standards require that we set aside a minimum of 10% of productive land to various habitats for mammals, invertebrates and insects.
We grow four varieties of brassicas for seed, i.e. Hobson forage rape and Interval forage rape; both used in the salad trade. Essex Broad leaf rape and stubble turnips are used as Winter fodder. An area of Spring barley and Winter wheat is also grown for seed. Sugar beet is grown very successfully across all the farms and is delivered to Bury St Edmunds British Sugar factory.
We have adopted precision farming techniques including GPS automatic steering systems and variable rate application of nutrients including P & K.