Discover our Managing Director James Peck with Michael Horsch and Tom Hawthorn talking about farming in this digital fireside chat from Germany and the UK.
If you ever want to hear anyone very excited about finishing potato harvest, press play, turn on the sound and hear our Managing Director James Peck express his delight!
We thought we’d share some highlights from our P.X. Farms Twitter account managed by our Managing Director James Peck today – exciting progress being made drilling sugar beet and potatoes and cultivating – twitter.com/Pxfarms
We’re now harvesting our Hereclea potatoes, off to the wash then the factory.
With so many challenges in farming, we work with our clients to provide solutions. At our Scotland Farm site in Dry Drayton, Cambridge we have a high-tech cleaning plant to improve the quality and yield of combinable crop. Discover our video showing you from field to cleaning plant and the process between. We can provide standalone and bespoke solutions to meet your needs – get in touch to talk through with our team.
We’ve been looking at how we can incorporate ploughing into our CTF programme and we’ve finally cracked it with our potatoes. 2.975 metres on land at 14” deep which fits our 11.9 system.
P.X. Farms has a longstanding relationship with precision farming specialist SOYL, and we have exploited soil analysis combined with nutrient offtake data to establish soil, status and direct variable rate applications where necessary.
“We still study the data and will use analysis when taking on a new tenancy, as well at the end of its term, or for contracts, to document soil quality improvements,” explains James.
“However, we are moving increasingly to blanket applications of lower costs product. Variable-rate application is still appropriate for higher-cost treatments. By standardising treatments, we can aim for meaningful measurements.”
The aim is to increase indices with a target of 2+, and each field receives nutrients every year. “Sulphur has an increased influence, and we are carrying out sulphur trials. Due to the enforcement of the Clean Air Act, we will need to supplement sulphur on crops such as brassicas.”
Nutrient sources are also carefully considered – Limex, Fibrophos and Gypsum are all used.
James says: “Fibrophos is heat-treated chicken manure which has no odour, so is more socially acceptable in built-up areas and helps avoid nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) issues. We also like products that can be stored outdoors and spread in summer.”