The AHDB has appointed two new farm to its Strategic Cereal Farm network, expanding its Farm Excellence programme to both the south and north of England.

Strategic Cereal Farms will test cutting-edge research and innovations. During the six-year programme, they host a structured combination of short and long-term field and farm-scale demonstrations, with one or two on-farm meetings per year. The programme is funded by AHDB and other stakeholders.

David Miller, farm manager at Wheatsheaf Farming near Basingstoke in Hampshire will host the new Strategic Cereal Farm South from June 2021. At the same time, David Blacker from N Blacker & Son of Easingwold, East Yorkshire has been chosen to host the Strategic Cereal Farm North when it launches in 2022. But the Strategic Cereal Farm West at Squab Hall near Leamington Spa, which started in June 2018, will finish later this year as host farm manager Rob Fox moves to a new job.

“It is great to welcome two new Strategic Farms to the Farm Excellence network,” comments Richard Meredith, AHDB head of arable knowledge exchange. “We are facing a period of unprecedented change for our industry, and there will be challenges ahead as growers strive for excellence. We are proud of the impact of AHDB Strategic Farms in helping growers to achieve this, and we look forward to working with our two new Strategic Cereal Farm hosts in the coming years.

More information about AHDB Strategic Cereal Farms via: https://ahdb.org.uk/farm-excellence.