Pollybell Farms, North LincolnshireThe farm consists of large flat fields well served by farm and council roads. Nearly all the farm is under-drained and has an excellent dyke system and its own sluices. It can therefore control its own water levels and thus drainage and irrigation. As the farm is low-lying, frosts
can be a problem early and late in the season.
The soil types and exposed locations mean that about 80% of the farm is vulnerable to wind erosion and barley cover crops have been used for much of the conventional root acreage. Due to acidic sub-soils the farm is naturally pH5 and lime is applied which can lead to
manganese and copper deficiencies.
|Farm size:||1828ha (4517ac)|
|Area converting:||661ha (1633ac)|
|Farm type:||arable and vegetables|
|Altitude:||-0.3 to 3m|
|Rainfall:||733 mm (29")|
|Prior land use:||Wheat, sugar beet, potatoes, beetroot, cabbage,|
calabrese, carrots, celeriac, countryside
stewardship and set-aside
|Organic crops planned:||Calabrese, cauliflowers, potatoes, beetroot, carrots, celeriac, wheat, sugar beet, leeks.|
|Rotation:||Two or three years grass/clover followed by three years of vegetables (less on the sandy land)|
|Fertility policy:||Based on grass/clover leys plus manure from own dairy (also converted dairy farm)|
|Irrigation:||They have approximately 150|
million gallons of irrigation licence.