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Talking......... From the South Hugo Lee is farm manager at Whitsbury Farm and Stud near Fordingbridge in Hampshire. The soils are predominantly chalk down land with some clay cap. Cropping covers 1500 acres and includes wheat, barley, oilseed rape, peas and poppies. 60 cattle are fi nished annually and 250 ewe lambs are sold every September. The farm is also home to the famous Whitsbury Manor Stud and Whitsbury racing stables.

The events of the last month, politically, have been anything but dull, dreary or damp. If only I could say the same about the weather!! In June we received 40% less sunlight compared to the previous two years and it has also been very wet. Unfortunately the crops are starting to show the effects of this poor weather despite a very robust and well-timed fungicide programme. Fusarium is easily found on the ear and septoria is starting to raise its ugly head. I am certainly not expecting any barn busting yields this year sadly.

The long spell of inclement weather fi nally came to an end last week and we managed to make some more haylage. I have never seen such huge grass yields before here at Whitsbury especially since the fi elds are in our ELS/HLS scheme and only get 45kg/ha of nitrogen a year. We made an incredible 800 bales of haylage and 400 bales of silage. The quality of the haylage was very pleasing and hopefully we can sell it to the trainers over the winter months.

Cutting the haylage at last!

I always think that if at all possible it is important to have a holiday before harvest. We have just come back from the south of France where we spent a week with Jess’s parents and her family. It was great fun, very hot and there was never cloud in the sky. I just wish we could have the same weather here for a few weeks, it really would make harvest so easy. As well as going to France we also managed to fi t in a fl ying visit to the Borders last weekend. I thought the crops looked fantastic especially the wheats which were clean as a whistle and if the weather behaves itself could produce some very impressive yields.

WINTER 2016/2017


Currently things are pretty quiet on the farm and we are busy servicing the combine, cleaning out the drier, washing grain trailers etc. The fi rst of the oilseed rape was desiccated at the end of last week so harvest is not far away now and thoughts are already turning to next years cropping. I am planning to grow a new group 2 wheat variety called Siskin next year in place of the Relay. It has fantastic disease ratings and is also high yielding. I have never grown a group 2 wheat before but with prices low I believe that it is important to take advantage of premiums wherever possible.

Good luck to everyone with harvest and I hope that the weather is kind to you all.

Accomodation comprises a mixture of slatted sheds (with and without slat mats) and straw bedded courts comfortably housing up to 300 head (based on spring calving cows).

Cattle will be fed a TMR ration of high quality pit silage and straw with concentrate added if required.

Very experienced and professional husbandry coupled with a very keen rate is on offer.

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