Why does Brixworth Farming use KWS Extase?

Speed of development from late drilling and disease resistance are the main reasons why Brixworth Farming in North Northamptonshire has gone into Group 2 KWS Extase in such a big way over the last three years. “It just ticks so many boxes…

Companion Crops

What are Companion Crops? Companion crops are those that are grown alongside the cash crop to serve a purpose, but which are not taken through to harvest. They are common in horticulture (nurse crops), but have recently been introduced to agriculture…

Mark Jelley wins FSOOTY 2023!

Brixworth Farming’s Mark Jelley has been crowned as this year’s Syngenta Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year (FSOOTY). Announced in the Sprays & Sprayers Arena at Cereals 2023 in Nottinghamshire today (13 June), the prestigious FSOOTY…

Open Farm Sunday 2023

On 11th June, we held our annual LEAF Open Farm Sunday. Previously, we have held it in conjunction with Creaton in Bloom, however for 2023, we decided to branch out and hold it at our main farm in Brixworth. During the run up to the event,…

Farming without Glyphosate Trial

For my HRP (honours research project)/dissertation at Harper Adams University, I carried out an investigation into the impacts that the loss of Glyphosate would have on UK agriculture. This was an obvious progression after completion of my placement…

Collaboration tips for arable farmers who want to save costs

  Collaboration is seen as one solution to the problem of rising costs and greater uncertainty, and one arable farming group in north Northamptonshire is showing the value of working together. Brixworth Farming was established 22 years…

How one grower tackles late drilling of wheat on heavy soil

  De-risking late drilling of wheat is at the heart of Brixworth Farming’s strategy, and catch crops are the key to extending the drilling window on the heavy Northamptonshire soil. Tackling blackgrass has created a need for less soil…

Breakfast cereal maker helps wheat growers adopt regen farming

  Breakfast cereal manufacturer Nestlé Cereals has launched an initiative to help cereal growers adopt regenerative farming practices. Working with the Landscape Enterprise Networks (LEN) scheme and the company’s wheat farmers, Nestlé…

Arable Farming May 2021

Until the rain came two weeks ago, there wasn’t a single crop, spring or winter, that wasn’t showing some sign of stress. The winter cereals were yellowing from the impact of the frosty nights following the T0 applications as well as nitrogen…

Arable Farming April 2021

Conditions eventually improved enough to make a start drilling this spring nearly a full month after we had hoped. There was a bit of a false start, with rain suddenly appearing on the forecast and arriving earlier than anticipated following…