Bushey Down Farm

Arable

We grow approximately 566 hectares (1,400 acres) of combinable arable crops across four farms including:

  • Winter Wheat – Biscuit and Bread Making;
  • Spring Barley – Malting for the brewing industry
  • Oilseed Rape – Crushing for oil
  • Herbage Seed – Amenity and agricultural seed production
  • Peas – Human consumption including mushy peas

Our emphasis is on growing premium quality crops for specialist markets to maximise returns for our own farming business and that of our customers. This commitment to quality was reflected in 2011 when Stephen Horn was awarded the MAGB England and Wales Malting Barley Grower of the Year.

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Our machinery is modern and kept to an extremely high standard to ensure, when the weather allows, there is no delay in carrying out those crucial operations.

In support of our commitment to sustainable farming, we work closely with SOYL to guarantee every product we use is applied at the optimum rate, preventing reduced performance from under use, while guarding against over use of any products. This ensures optimum expenditure for our customers and minimises risk of harm to the environment. We currently use the following variable rate applications:

  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphate
  • Potash
  • Lime
  • Seed

We operate on a conventional farming basis, and central to our farming system is maintaining and improving soil structure and fertility. As such we have been operating largely on a minimum tillage regime for some fifteen years. Over that time we have seen our soil structure and worm count continue to improve. In recent years, because of our lack of livestock enterprises, we have also introduced sewage sludge into our nutrient planning to add further organic matter and structure to our soils.

All crops are produced under the Assured Combinable Crops Scheme (ACCS), the industry standard for producing world class crops grown on farms that are managed by well-qualified, caring and highly professional farmers, giving consumers and retailer’s confidence about product quality, food safety and environmental protection.