ARABLE DIVISION

 

Arable Farming Operation

We have 2 bases for our arable farming operation, Herefordshire, Ross on Wye and also Wootton St Lawrence in Hampshire.

Herefordshire

We grow arable crops across approx. 1100ha. This includes our own farm and various others that we manage or rent under differing agreements. The main crop within this is Potatoes and we specialise in growing chipping varieties either on contract for the major processors or through other outlets for the chip shop trade.  We use RTK guidance to reduce operations & to improve efficiency planting our potatoes with good access to the River Wye & Reservoirs we are able to irrigate the majority of our potatoes as required.

Other crops we grow are Combinable crops like Wheat (grown as feed for our chickens), Barley, Rye, Grass Seeds and Oilseed Rape.  Direct Drilling in to stubbles to improve soil structure and to reduce input costs also Minimum Tillage cultivations with Subsoiling following Potatoes.

We use yield mapping on our combine so we can put the yield data with our soil sample results to make fertiliser requirements as efficient and effective as possible, utilising GPS to allow us to put the right amount of fertiliser in the right place.  We also grow Maize & Rye as energy crops for a local anaerobic digestion plant. 

The arable farm also undertakes the establishment tasks for the soft fruit enterprises.

We also grow other combinable crops like Wheat, Barley, and Oilseed Rape. The arable farm also undertakes the establishment tasks for the soft fruit enterprises.

Hampshire

We specialise in growing combinable and energy crops over approximately 2,200 hectares across three different estates of varying soil type. The variety of soil types we farm in Hampshire enable us to grow a variety of different crops across a wide rotation to boost biodiversity whilst maintaining yields and maximising returns to the land owner. We pride ourselves on using the latest technology to boost returns both in field operations and also through management processes.

The farm operates the very latest machinery to achieve timeliness across the large farmed area to ensure that crops reach their greatest yield potential. The farming operation currently centres around a strip tillage system to improve soil conditions whilst also reducing fixed costs. To ensure flexibility around the different crops we also operate both plough-based and minimum-tillage systems to provide us options in all conditions. The farm has also made the decision to move to liquid fertiliser across all three estates in an attempt to improve efficiency and accuracy across the 36m tramlines. All equipment uses RTK guidance systems to maximise productivity of both machinery and labour.

One of the farms is involved in both Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) and Countryside Stewardship Schemes (CSS). The HLS scheme provides complex environmental management to achieve a wide range of benefits over a 10-year period. The Mid-Tier CSS provides simple yet effective environmental management across the whole farm by targeting biodiversity, water quality and historical features.

Farming Partnerships

E C Drummond provides land owners and farming clients with the very highest level of farm management.

Firmly focused on profit E C Drummond range of services allow landowners and tenants to retain the ownership of their farming assets while enjoying a secure income. A broad range of farm management agreements are available for both parties to work within.
We aim to use the latest technologies available in the different sectors we operate in to aid are management decisions and increase margins.
We are always looking for new opportunities in all sectors involved in agriculture whether it be livestock, arable, or fruit production we would be very interested in discussing collaborative partnerships wherever the location.

• Farm Business Tenancies
• Contract supply of labour and machinery with profit incentives
• Management with or without equity and profit incentives
• Agreements can be tailored to individual requirements.

Whilst farming it in a manner that we are proud of, we aim to tailor requirements around the land owner.

Facilities

Due to the crops that we produce we have invested in specialist facilities, these include Grain handling and drying facilities, potato grading and storage and a fully BRC accredited Packhouse for our Soft fruit Enterprise. We do have spare capacity within some of these, if they are of interest please contact us.

Farm Stewardships

One of the farms is involved in both Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) and Countryside Stewardship Schemes (CSS).

The HLS scheme provides complex environmental management to achieve a wide range of benefits over a 10-year period.

The Mid-Tier CSS provides simple yet effective environmental management across the whole farm by targeting biodiversity, water quality and historical features.

Farming Partnerships

E C Drummond provides land owners and farming clients with the very highest level of farm management.

Firmly focused on profit E C Drummond range of services allow landowners and tenants to retain the ownership of their farming assets while enjoying a secure income. A broad range of farm management agreements are available for both parties to work within.

We aim to use the latest technologies available in the different sectors we operate in to aid are management decisions and increase margins.

We are always looking for new opportunities in all sectors involved in agriculture whether it be livestock, arable, or fruit production we would be very interested in discussing collaborative partnerships wherever the location.

• Farm Business Tenancies
• Contract supply of labour and machinery with profit incentives
• Management with or without equity and profit incentives
• Agreements can be tailored to individual requirements.

Whilst farming it in a manner that we are proud of, we aim to tailor requirements around the land owner.

Contact us

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E.C Drummond is at its heart, and always has been, a family business.

Homme Farm, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7TF

 Phone: 01989 764328

 Fax: 01989 763576

 Email: info@ecdrummond.co.uk

 

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