Arable Farming

Holt Farms - Kirkbymoorside

In 2009 BHE took over the management of this 460ha arable farm. It is contract farmed. Crops include wheat, barley, oilseed rape, oats, fodderbeet and grass.

With a 7000 tonne grain storage and a weighbridge, the farm is well placed to accept crops from other farms and deals with crops from 2 other farms that BHE are farming.

Cultivations are based primarily around the plough but min till is used in certain situations.

With a large commercial shoot on the farm crop rotation has to reflect where the damage may occur and crops adjusted to suit.

Yield mapping is starting to build a picture of variables that can be managed far better.

GPS is used throughout the farming and contracting operations. Automatic on-off and section control is used. It is not only used for spraying and liquid fertiliser but solid fertiliser as well.

In 2012 a 50kw solar panel system was installed on the new grain store and a water harvesting and purpose built spray shed was built reducing the risk of pollution from accidental spillages.