The in-hand land which is mostly Beccles Series boulder clay is made up of 45 fields with an average field size 18.45 ha. Most of the land has been drained with pipe drains at 10 to 30m, with the wider spacings stoned for mole-draining. The cropping rotation which includes cereals, sugar beet and oil seed rape, and a small amount of beans, is currently compiled to give as much first wheat as possible. The cereals and rape are winter sown, to achieve a high yield and minimise nutrient leaching. The sugar beet is grown on contract for British Sugar and we have a quota for 20,700 tonnes, which we have increased in recent years and with client tonnage we expect to grown in excess of 30,000 tonnes. The farm had a five year average of just under 10 tonnes per hectare for wheat and 4.0 t/ha. for oilseed rape. Sugar beet yields have averaged over 86 adjusted tonnes to the hectare.
The company has been in various environmental Stewardship Schemes and is current in the mid-tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme. We currently have 18.6 km of footpaths, 1.1 km of bridleway and by-ways.
As well as the family land, we rent some land and the arable team manages and contract farms for third party clients; this is farmed to provide the tailored requirements of the farmers concerned.