Responsible for the management of over 14,000 acres growing a wide range of arable crops for human consumption, animal feed and energy production – arable farming is the core business of Blankney Estates Ltd.
The majority of land farmed by the Estate is centred around the villages of Blankney, Metheringham and Scopwick however the Estate farms satellite parcels of land near Sleaford at Evedon and north of Lincoln, embracing a variety of soil types ranging from small amounts of black fen soils, sands and well bodied clays, through to drought prone limestone heath.
Harvesting is a continuous 12 month process with grass for use by British Chlorophyll Ltd., and lucerne for the equine market, being mown and harvested from Easter until late October. Sugar beet is harvested and delivered to British Sugar’s Newark factory for seven months of the year and miscanthus grass, grown as an energy crop, is harvested in the early spring. Summer and autumn, traditionally regarded as the harvest, sees vining peas, barley, oilseed rape and wheat harvested along with poppies, for pharmaceutical use, potatoes and dried beans.
With a reputation for delivering produce of consistent quality, Blankney Estates have formed strong relationships with dedicated suppliers and markets for milling wheat and malting barley with many crops grown on specific contracts. All produce is fully assured and traceable to the field in which it is grown. This is regularly audited and ensures all our crops are produced to the standards of the Assured Food Standards Scheme (Red Tractor Farm Assurance) through our membership of the Assured Combinable Crops Scheme and Assured Produce. Furthermore we are members of Tesco’s Nature’s Choice and are accredited by Leaf Marque.
The Estate continues to invest in its staff, machinery and buildings and works with leading Universities and consultants to ensure that its use of resources (particularly fuel, water and fertilisers) are efficiently managed and optimised. As participants in defra promoted Countryside and Environmental Stewardship Schemes, the Estate manages all its farmland in an environmentally responsible manner and works closely with conservation bodies to ensure that farming operations have minimal impact on the environment and wildlife.