Resident Geese

It’s great to see that even the resident geese population approves of the new entrance.

#Rockscape #Wildlife

Maize drilling 2024 is a wrap

Richard has been busy over the last few weeks drilling all the maize for the AD plant and the grain maize that we will combine later in the year. The new drill has got off to a flying start and hasn’t missed a beat. The central fill has been a great improvement in efficiency, as it both increases output and helps to reduce waste.

Preparing Land For Maize

Jonny has been busy on the Xerion getting maize land ready. This land was subsoiled and disced last year. Normally this would be sufficient so that we can go straight in with the maize drill, unfortunately the weight of the water has caused the top layer of the soil to cap, preventing it from forming a tilth when it dries. A quick pass with the Terrano MT is doing a good job of remedying issues created from the terrible weather this Winter.

#Rockscape #Maize #BritishFarming

New HORSCH Maestro Drill

Thanks to Claas Eastern and Horsch UK for delivering an installing our new Horsch Maestro 12CV just in time for us to start drilling some maize. This new drill will plant our maize and sunflowers in the Spring, then our OSR in the Autumn. Having the bulk seed hopper should help improve efficiency, by cutting down on time spent filling up. We have ordered this machine with 4 separate hoppers, this will allow us to drill 3 additional products with our seed. When drilling OSR we will be planting seed, with placed fertiliser placed underneath it. The other 2 hoppers will be used for slug pellets and a companion crop, which we will be planting under the new sustainable farm incentive scheme.

Drilling Vining Peas

It was good to see our Vining Peas drilled last weekend. They have gone into good seedbeds, with plenty of moisture, so hopefully germination will be fast and uniform.

#Rockscpape #ViningPeas #BritishFarming

Professional Development

Continuing our commitment to professional growth, our Business Manager, Carrie, embarked on her Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership with the University of Hull this week. We’re dedicated to fostering leadership excellence within our team! 📚✨

#ProfessionalDevelopment #StaffCPD #WomenInLeadership

Applying Liquid Digestate

JW Beaumont and Hyslops and son have been doing a great job of getting digestate spread onto our winter and spring cereals. Here Hyslop’s can be seen giving our Forage Rye crops it’s final nutrition before we harvest them in July for use on the AD plant. This is a little later than we would like, but the weather has really held us back on applications this year.

#Rockscape #BritishFarming #Digestate

New Addition to the AD Lab

Training day in the lab for Sally. We have recently purchased a BMP machine for in house testing of our incoming feedstocks and digesters. We are always striving for consistency and quality within our process and this will help ensure we achieve that.

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Increasing Our Drilling Capacity

Meet the fleet! Here are some further recent additions to the Rockscape fleet. We have Marlon in the new FENDT 724, the Camfab smart box, and the Horsch Pronto drill. The main role of the pronto will be to assist in cover crop drilling in the summer while levelling and lightly tilling the top behind the cultivators. However, it will also assist with some of the autumn and spring crop drilling where conditions allow. Increasing our drilling capacity has proven invaluable after the wet autumn and spring.

#Rockscape #FleetUpgrade #BritishFarming

Our oil seed rape (OSR) is in full bloom

Our oil seed rape (OSR) is in full bloom currently. It has been a hard year for establishing crops of OSR, the droughts in September led to the crops being very slow to get going, leaving them susceptible to damage from Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle (CSFB). The crops that made it through to the winter have been sat with waterlogged roots and have had to endure high pigeon pressure. Now that the weather is starting to warm up and the crops are trying to grow, they are being held back by the CSFB larvae.

#Rockscape #OSR #BritishFarming