Through the following aspects of environmental management, we aim to maximise output while protecting the natural environment.
Brixworth Farming is a LEAF Marque certified business
All of our shareholders participate in agri-environment schemes that provide funding for farmers to deliver effective environmental management. Three shareholders participate in the Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) Scheme which involves complex environmental management to achieve a wide range of benefits over a 10-year period.
The remaining two shareholders participate in the mid-tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS), which provides simple and effective environmental management across the whole farm. CSS agreements run for five years.
We manage nutrient levels carefully to avoid over-application, mapping fields for phosphate and potash every four years through SOYL’s precision sampling. We target biennial applications to areas with the highest demand, helping to reduce the amount of phosphate and potash applied.
We use the Yara N-Sensor to variably apply nitrogen to the crop according to its requirement. This helps to maximise nitrogen use efficiency at the same time as minimising the environmental impact from excess applications and helping to improve yields.
Different nitrogen products carry very different carbon footprints, depending on their manufacture. At Brixworth Farming, all nitrogen and sulphur grades are bought from factories using abatement technology to remove 90% of the nitrous oxide emissions (N2O) produced during the manufacture process. This helps to reduce the carbon footprint of our crops.
Agro-chemical applications are necessary to protect plants and optimise crop performance. The Brixworth Farming agronomy team is fully BASIS and FACTS qualified to provide accurate recommendations as and when required, avoiding unnecessary prophylactic applications.
We use Bateman sprayers that are equipped with auto section cut-off, linked to GPS, to close off sections of the boom in areas of the field that have already been sprayed. This helps to reduce the amount of each field that is over-sprayed, helping to reduce the amount of pesticides used.