Alongside a number of let farms, we manage an in-hand farm covering 2,500 acres.
There are a wide variety of soils across the estate, with the heavier soils along the Escrick moraine being particularly suited to a range of combinable crops such as winter wheat and oilseed rape. In the South of the Estate however there are large areas which fall into the free draining Skipwith Sands and are noteworthy for their root crop carrying capacity. We work in conjunction two primary contractors, Hobson Farming whose speciality lies in growing carrots and a wide range of combinable crops, and G Headley & Sons who are renowned for their ability to produce high quality beetroot, turnips and potatoes.
Whilst we aim to achieve high yields from our arable land it does not come at the expense of the environment. The home farm falls under an extensive Countryside Stewardship scheme, applications of artificial fertiliser are reduced by the use of manure and other organic material which also helps build the organic matter in the soils. Furthermore, we are currently developing a detailed water management plan to further reduce erosion and improve the efficiency of our water usage whilst simultaneously working to reduce tillage and increase cover crop area.