Farming

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 centered around the villages of Blankney, Metheringham and Scopwick however the Estate farms  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 almost a year long process with grass for animal feed and 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. Summer and autumn, traditionally regarded as the harvest, sees vining peas, barley, oilseed rape and wheat harvested along with dried beans. Maize and rye are also grown and harvested as whole crops for supply to a biogas plant on the Estate where they are anaerobically digested to produce both gas and electricity for supply to the grid as well as our own power consumption.

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 our crops are produced to the standards of the Red Tractor Farm and Food Assured Standards Scheme.

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 a Natural England Higher Level Countryside and Environmental Stewardship Scheme, 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.