Latest News / Events

Please see below all our latest news and events.

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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Blankney Farm Update – 8 September 2022

September 8, 2022
Following the completion of our cereal harvest for 2022, we have now begun establishing our winter cover crops. 380ha of cover has been established, which will assist with helping the soils retain nutrients and preventing nitrate loss into the underlying aquifer. Recent rains have improved our grass production quality and yields; they have also improved
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Blankney Farm Update – 17 August 2022

August 17, 2022
We completed our cereal harvest this year on 15 August – an early end to a dry harvest, with Spring Barley averaging about 10% above our 5 year average yields. However, late drilled Spring Barley on heavy land has fallen off a yield cliff, coming in at 40% below our 5 year average. Spring Beans
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Blankney Farm Update – 15 July 2022

July 15, 2022
The rainfall we received in May and June seems to have only given temporary respite for our crops. This week we have entered into a serious drought, with further hot conditions forecast. This will put pressure on our still, actively growing crops – grass, lucerne, sugar beet and maize. We have started our cereal harvest
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Blankney Farm Update – 10 June 2022

June 10, 2022
Good News! Good rainfall amounts in May have helped all of our crops. However, the season has been somewhat strange… We believe a combination of cold nights and dry conditions has led to crops accelerating through their growth stages and reaching ear emergence 10-14 days before we would normally expect. We hope that although this
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Blankney Farm Update – 16 May 2022

May 16, 2022
We’re in the last spring period and so far, moisture levels from rain have been very low. April was just below 12mm and we have had less than an inch of rainfall so far in May – our winter cereal crops have suffered and yield potential now will be 10% below our 5 year average.
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