Warwickshire Rural Hub
Embracing new ideas and technology – a visit to Squab Hall Farm
Wednesday 8 May 2019
Squab Hall, Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa CV33 9QB
1.00pm – 4.00pm
Squab Hall Farm is an AHDB Strategic Farm comprising 1000 acres of owned, rented and contract farmed land. The farm is also part of a larger 1800 acre Arable Joint Venture. Current cropping consists of Winter Wheat, Winter or Spring Barley, Spring Beans, Oilseed Rape and Spring Linseed, all on soils ranging from sandy clay loams through Kuper Marl to heavy clays. Around 80 acres of the farm is in the Higher Level Environmental Stewardship scheme.
GPS steering and Variable Rate Product Application are used extensively on the farm via high accuracy GPS subscription signals. A controlled or Managed Traffic system is used for crop establishment. All operations use auto steer and run on the same wheelings and tramlines every year, which helps reduce compaction on heavy soils. Seed and fertiliser are applied variably using a combination of soil scanning and satellite imagery throughout the growing season, allowing the targeting placement of inputs to help maximise yields.
Farm Manager Rob Fox will take us on a tour of Squab Hall and tell us how he costed out and evaluated use of precision technology on the farm. A sandwich lunch will be provided courtesy of Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.
Please book your free place on the tour with Jane Hampson.
Begonias and bio-beds – a visit to Bordon Hill Nursery
Tuesday 12 February 2019
Bordon Hill, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 9RY
10.45am – 1.00pm
Bordon Hill Nurseries Ltd. are a high volume producer of wholesale ornamental plants. They specialise in the production of young plug plants from seed and cuttings for the commercial trade and use a wide variety of process technology enabling them to benefit from an unsurpassed level of quality control. The nursery’s entire production process is controlled by sophisticated IT systems allowing them to be very adaptable to changing production methods and to changes in market dynamics.
During our visit we will be visiting the sowing area, viewing the gapping and transplanting processes and hearing about germination and growing on. Our tour will then visit the nursery’s one million gallon reservoir which collects all of the roof water before it is fed through reed beds to minimise nitrate and other nutrient loss into ground water. All water that is used in the cleaning process for growing equipment is finally channelled to a BioBed. Here any chemicals are broken down and rendered harmless by carefully maintained bacteria.
At the end of our tour we will be visiting the nursery canteen for refreshments.
To book your free place please contact Jane Hampson.
How do we meet the needs of people without trashing the environment?
Wednesday 28 November 2018
Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG
7.30pm – 10.00pm
Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society Annual Lecture
Former Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, David Gardner, will be speaking about the challenges of meeting our demands for food and energy, their impacts on the environment and the difficult decisions that will have to be made if we are to successfully meet those challenges.
David is an agricultural economist and technologist with life long experience of large scale commercial farming businesses and food supply chains. Whilst Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of England David set up the charity Innovation for Agriculture, to bring together a group of Agricultural Societies across England to deliver new science and technologies to the farming community. He is currently a non executive Director at Walderesy Farms in East Anglia and the RPA. David’s voluntary roles include Trustee of the Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust, Director of the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit, Ambassador for Social Farms and Gardens and Member of the Organising Group of Agricultural Debates at St George’s House in Windsor.
The talk is organised in association with Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society.
Refreshments and cakes will be served.
To book your free place please contact Jane Hampson.
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Registered office: 23 West Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 9SA
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Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors
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Graham Collier (Hub Deputy Chairman)
Hub Steering Group Members
Luke Ryder, NFU
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Susan Lewis, S2M Marketing
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
Mark Meadows, Tithe Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Bob Slater, Slater Farm Management Services
Chris Tallis, Tallis Amos Group
Jef Tuyn, Agricultural Consultant
Matt Willmott, King's Seeds
John Slee, Abbey Farm
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