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.