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Innovation Offer Drone Winners 2020

30 growers across the UK were lucky enough to win a DJI Mavic 2 pro Drone in the Innovation Offer 2020. A prize which also included full training to Civil Aviation Authority standards.

We’ll be sharing their journey and learnings throughout their training, as well as the photos they take, so keep up to date with the latest updates, videos interviews and insights from growers below and follow their journey on our social media channels:

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Meet the winners

 Toby Hogsbjerg

Toby Hogsbjerg

Norfolk

Toby is Manager of the Wicken Farms Company which covers 950-ha. Cropping consists of winter wheat, winter barley, winter OSR, spring barley, sugar beet, potatoes, game cover and spring peas.

Thomas Charlton

Thomas Charlton

Lincolnshire

The farm covers 243-ha, with 115-ha winter wheat, 40-ha of daffodils, 14-ha potatoes, 32-ha sugar beet, 8-ha grass, 32-ha winter barley.

Stuart Butler

Stuart Butler

Cambridgeshire

Stuart is a Foreman for Matt Redman Agriculture. Mr Redman has a tenanted farm and does a lot of contract spraying, with both operations totalling approximately 405-ha.

Simon Deakin

Simon Deakin

Bath

Simon is involved with three arable enterprises. He owns a small 16-ha farm and is the sprayer contractor on two other farms, totalling 526-ha. All three farms grow predominantly cereal crops.

Sam Black

Sam Black

North Lincolnshire

The farm is a 223-ha arable family farm where they grow wheat, barley, sugar beet and miscanthus.

Rob Sawyer

Rob Sawyer

North Yorkshire

Rob farms arable and beef suckler cows in a family partnership, where they farm 365-ha and contract another 202-ha.

Robert Alexander, c/o AJ Alexander

Robert Alexander, c/o AJ Alexander

Norfolk

The family farm is 270-ha in size. AJ Alexander also contract farms 1100-ha, carrying out all the day to day management and operations.

Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Aberdeen

Phil owns 210-ha and rents a further 30-ha in Aberdeenshire. He works a 5-year rotation of winter OSR, winter wheat, spring barley and winter barley, with the spring barley usually taking 2 slots.

Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers

Devon

The family farm, which is mainly arable, extends to 243-ha and another 8- ha is rented from a neighbour.

Niven Last

Niven Last

Norfolk

The family arable farm is 140-ha however, Niven also does some contract farming amounting to a total of 240 ha.

Nigel Durdy

Nigel Durdy

South Yorkshire

Nigel farms with his brother. Between them they own 250-ha and operate seven contracts.

Michael Shand

Michael Shand

Aberdeenshire

Michael is the Farm Manager at the Seafield Estate. He manages over 1800-ha of arable land.

Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter

Hertfordshire

Matthew runs a farm contracting business and he farms for two landowners. In total he farms 1200-ha, which is all arable.

John Whiting

John Whiting

Suffolk

The farm is a small 100-ha arable farm, growing wheat, oilseed rape and beans. John also has an environmental area on the farm.

James Porter

James Porter

Suffolk

James owns and contract farms 6000-ha of arable land. He mainly grows cereal crops, including winter wheat, winter OSR, vining peas, spring linseed, spring oats, and winter beans.

James Mannall

James Mannall

Suffolk

The arable farm includes 280-ha. James grows cereals, plus sugar beet and OSR.

Giles Benson

Giles Benson

Quinton, Northants

Giles is the farm manager at Turney Partners where they have about 1200-ha of arable land. The company farm in two locations in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.

Chris Flat

Chris Flat

Suffolk

The farm is a 250-ha mixed farm with arable and beef. Chris grows wheat, rape and barley.

Mark Stocks

Mark Stocks

East Riding of Yorkshire

The farm is mixed with combinable crops and B&B pigs.

Rosalie Goldsworthy

Rosalie Goldsworthy

Cornwall

Agricola Growers is a contract farming business, managing around 1500-ha. They grow cereals, potatoes and some onions as well as running beef and sheep on some of the farm’s grassland. A daffodil enterprise adds further diversity to the business portfolio.

Philip Grimsey

Philip Grimsey

Suffolk

Philip farms 360-ha on the East Coast. Land is half marshland and half-light land. All crops are grown for seed.

Robert Brewster

Robert Brewster

Fife

Robert has 300-ha of arable land where he grows cereals. Including winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley, beans, and 160-ha of potatoes. Robert also has a cereal seed processing business.

Graham Thompson

Graham Thompson

Suffolk

Graham’s 400-ha mixed farm grows wheat, barley, peas, rape, sugar beet and grass seed. He also has an indoor pig enterprise. He is keen to explore new technology.

Chris Bull

Chris Bull

Suffolk

Chris runs a 1,000-ha family farm, which grows winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley, oil seed rape, beans and sugar beet’. With predominantly heavy clay loam, his number one agronomic challenge is black-grass.

Simon Dicker

Simon Dicker

Essex

Simon farms 201-ha in partnership with his parents. They grow wheat, barley, lucerne, oats and peas. Despite the profile picture, they are now solely an arable farm having sold the beef herd at the start of October 2020.

Martin Smith

Martin Smith

Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

The family farm is 220-ha in size of which 160-ha is down to arable cropping. They have around 70-ha of wheat, 40-ha of lucerne and 20-ha of OSR and spring barley. There is also a livery and a solar farm (12-ha).

William Osborne

William Osborne

Dorset

William is the arable manager for DJ Dampney. The farm is about 500-ha, the majority of which is arable.

Alvin Jones

Alvin Jones

Aberdeen

Alvin works on a 800-ha mixed farm growing potatoes, oilseed rape, wheat, spring and winter barley, grazing grass and silage. There’s also 1000 head of beef cattle.

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