Case study – Jake Freestone, Gloucestershire

Posted 1st March 2019

Farmer: Jake Freestone Location: Gloucestershire Aim: Increase efficiency of inputs but not spend more money, improve long term soil fertility Jake is the farm manager of the Overbury Estate, he farms 3,000 acres on varying soil types on the edge of the Cotswolds. He has embraced biological farming and changed the whole farming system. He […]

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Case study – Simon Cowell, Soil Farmer of the Year 2018

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Farmer: Simon Cowell Location: Essex Aim: Encourage soil biology to release nutrients while minimising chemical inputs Simon is current ‘Soil Farmer of the Year’ which is fair reward for all the work Simon has done over the years not only to improve his own soils fertility, but also to encourage others to look at their […]

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Case study – Tom Sewell, Kent

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Farmer: Tom Sewell Location: Kent Aim: Reduce inputs by utilising soil health whilst keeping yields and quality improving. Tom, a Nuffield scholar, is a very biologically minded farmer, I have worked with him for a number of years and he is always looking for new ways to improve his soils and reduce chemical inputs where […]

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Case study – Mark Swift, Shropshire

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Farmer: Mark Swift Location: Shropshire Aim: Increase yields at low cost whilst reducing drift and scorch. Mark Swift and his family farm more than 3,500 acres near Newport, Shropshire. They milk 490 dairy cows, have a 3,500 sheep enterprise and 800 acres of arable. The arable rotation consists of growing winter wheat, winter barley, maize […]

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Carbon key to soil health and productivity

Posted 25th February 2019

With the Agriculture Bill proposing that farmers will be paid for ‘public goods’, such as improved soil health, growers are being encouraged to start making changes now to help meet these objectives. Presenting at the QLF Agronomy Soil Event, Joel Williams from Integrated Soils, emphasised the critical role of soil organic carbon (SOC) in improving […]

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QLF and QLF Agronomy are recruiting!

Posted 21st February 2019

Are you looking for a role in the agricultural supply chain? Have you an interest in ruminant nutrition or agronomy? Are you wanting a new challenge with a hugely rewarding very high uncapped earnings opportunity? If so, please send your CV to us. We have various positions available for the right people. QLF Agronomy is […]

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Farmer sees £100/ha savings with biological system

Posted 4th December 2018

One farmer has cut his crop establishment costs by more than £100/ha, without compromising yield, by switching to a conservation agriculture crop establishment system which incorporates biological farming. Speaking at the recent QLF Agronomy Soil Event, Jake Freestone, farm manager at Overbury Enterprises, told delegates that the estate has benefited from increased soil health and […]

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Go back to basics to improve fertiliser efficiency

Posted 5th October 2018

With 40% of fertiliser lost to leaching and volatilisation, growers are being urged to improve soil health to increase nutrient use efficiency (NUE), protect the environment and maximise profit margins. George Hepburn, biological soils expert at QLF Agronomy, explains that fertiliser is one of the biggest input costs on many farms, and as prices have […]

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Seven steps to soil health

Posted 2nd August 2018

Soil health is one of the government’s main concerns relating to the future of farming, so having the right advice on how to make improvements will be essential to ensure soils are protected for further farming generations. George Hepburn, biological soils expert at QLF Agronomy, gives his seven practical steps for making a difference to […]

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Improvements in soil health can reduce inputs

Posted 23rd May 2018

We investigate how a focus on soil health has helped one farmer to reduce key inputs such as fertiliser, seed dressings and fungicides while maintaining yields. Simon Cowell farms 400 acres on the coast of Essex and has been implementing a biological farming system for a number of years, to encourage soil biology and build […]

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