Latest News / Events

Please see below all our latest news and events.

Blankney Farm Update – 19 May 2023

May 24, 2023
May so far has warmed up! Our crops are now very much actively growing and we have become very busy in our crop drying plant. We have completed the early spring grass harvest for chlorophyll, which we won’t harvest again now, until July. In the meantime, we will be making fescue grass into animal feed
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Blankney Farm Update – 21 April 2023

April 21, 2023
A frustrating April to date – the spring seems to be a reluctant collaborator! Cold nights and no more than three days without significant rainfall, has held up our field operations. Earlier established crops have not had the opportunity to enjoy, as young plants, ‘wet feet’ – and have grown slowly. Warmer, drier weather is
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Blankney Farm Update – 31 March 2023

March 31, 2023
Recent wet weather in March has held up our spring drilling campaign – we still need to finish establishing spring barley (undersown with grass and lucerne), dry peas and then we need to move into establishing our sugar beet crop. This workload will now be concentrated into a short period of time, as and when
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Blankney Farm Update – 3 March 2023

March 3, 2023
Our Sugar Beet harvest is finally complete! It’s been a tricky season this year, a result of the impact of the protracted frosty period – all our fields were successfully harvested and with some careful management of the delivery process, we didn’t have any rejections. In recent weeks, we have successfully delivered our malting barley
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Blankney Farm Update – 7 February 2023

February 7, 2023
Sugar Beet harvest is now nearing the end, with just the final few fields needing harvesting over the next few weeks. We have largely escaped the impact of frost; although we didn’t lose any whole fields, frost damage this year has impacted our yields, reducing them by 3-5 tonnes per hectare, depending on variety. Spring
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Blankney Farm Update – 16 January 2023

January 16, 2023
Sugar Beet harvest is now proving to be tricky, following the recent cold weather. We are having to take steps to deal with ‘frosted beet’ and as such, we are now only lifting in front of deliveries. The yields have been affected by the frost, as we now have to ‘top’ the beet harder. Spring
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Blankney Farm Update – 23 December 2022

December 23, 2022
Sugar Beet harvest continues with 58% of the crop having now been lifted; this is despite a stoppage for a week due to the recent frosty weather. We continue to drill Spring Barley, with 25% of the crop now drilled on the Heath. We have started our winter programme for water abstraction and we are
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Blankney Farm Update – 30 November 2022

December 2, 2022
Winter cereal establishment has gone well and our crops are entering the winter period in good condition. We can be confident, at this stage, of good yields. The crop drying season is now complete. It has been a difficult year with the drought conditions and high temperatures, which led to the challenge of drying and
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Blankney Farm Update – 3 November 2022

November 3, 2022
All of our main autumn cereals have now been drilled, with just planned, late established wheat, following lucerne, left to complete. The crop drying season is nearly complete. We have just the final 250 acres of lucerne and 500 acres of grass left to cut. The grass has benefited from the warmer than expected last
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Blankney Farm Update – 14 October 2022

October 14, 2022
The autumn has been a bit more normal! Soils have worked well and we have completed drilling of winter barley, winter rye and next week, we will complete winter wheat establishment. We completed our maize harvest 4 weeks early this year. Yields were down 22%, which was not unexpected, with only 60% of the required
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