Farmer Focus: New to the AHDB Monitor Farm crew


Exciting and large information for me this month as I’ve been named as the AHDB Monitor Farmer for the Cambridge space.

I’m actually trying ahead to getting caught in with the programme, sharing what I’m doing, what has labored and what hasn’t, and studying from all of the different members.

About the writer

Matt Redman

Farmer Focus author

Matt Redman farms 370ha simply north of Cambridge and operates a contracting enterprise specialising in spraying and direct drilling. He additionally grows cereals on a small space of tenancy land and was Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year in 2014.


I’ll be upset at the finish of my three years if I haven’t made adjustments to my farming enterprise. I urge you to discover your native Monitor Farm and become involved. If you might be native, my launch assembly is on 6 July.

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As for everybody else, it has been a really dry April, which made ending the spring drilling straightforward, however has most likely now began to scale back the potential of winter and spring crops.

Lack of rain gained’t be doing the new woodland areas that have been planted throughout the winter a lot good both.

Since taking up my tenancy in 2017 the typical climate patterns appear to have been changed with prolonged intervals of moist or dry – with nothing in between.

It additionally cements the want for extra resilience in the farming system, one thing I hope we are able to focus on and handle throughout my Monitor Farm conferences.

Fertiliser has been a sizzling matter in the previous few months. Next season is a critical unknown, except you’re courageous sufficient to purchase at the present costs.

I’ve undertaken a number of tramline trials of lowered charges, from 50% of the farm normal, utilizing a leaf tester to gauge crop nitrogen requirement. Hopefully, the yield maps will present some variations.

However, I believe I’ll want to be aware of outcomes for future use due to the dry winter we had – which affected the quantity of nitrogen obtainable this 12 months – in contrast with a moist winter like the final one.

It’s now the time of 12 months the place time passes in a short time and the to-do checklist grows even quicker.

Top of the checklist is a few extra infrastructure enhancements to support harvest.

With a brand new dryer for this 12 months, I would like to have the option to take care of moist and dry grain sensibly with out inflicting a headache in the yard when busy.

This is a activity that’s tougher with the restricted grain storage obtainable this harvest.


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