Rothamsted Research farms covers over 800 Ha and are spread across 4 counties.
Our main base is at Rothamsted Farm in Harpenden (330Ha), home of the ‘Classical’ agricultural experiments started by our founder Sir John Lawes in 1843. We also have 2 further arable units, one at Woburn Experimental Farm, 70Ha in mid Bedfordshire and also Brooms Barn Farm, 77Ha in Suffolk. These farms are predominately arable and are managed by the farm team based at Rothamsted with Field Trials Managers present at both Woburn and Brooms Barn Farms.
North Wyke Farm, 350 Ha are also a part of Rothamsted Farms. This unit is managed by our team down in Devon (5 staff) who work closely with the other farms. The Devon farm provides beef suckler cows and sheep in support of our grazing systems and livestock science.
Field experimentation at Rothamsted and Woburn Farms are based on current scientific programmes and the farms are a major service provider to our science community. On farm we have facilities to be able to provide specific field conditions, rotational slots and be able to offer different soil types across the arable land we manage. We can provide experimentation in the major UK crops of wheat, barley, oilseed rape, field beans and oats. We have also grown potatoes, sugar beet as well as more niche crops for specific purposes, such as GM cropping in our secure field. Another area of our work is in biomass production providing sites for 10 biomass experiments a year in willow and miscanthus
On average we run 120 experiments throughout the year and harvest up to 12000 plots during the summer. Our dedicated team of 11 (9 based at Rothamsted, 1 at Woburn Woburn and 1 at Brooms Barn) have many years’ experience in agricultural research and include trained BASIS and FACTS agronomists. We also have expertise in field planning, GPS systems and plot mechanisation.
On farm we have a full fleet of commercial agricultural machinery to provide cultivation and seedbed scenarios such as would be found in the industry. We also have a fleet of specialised plot machinery to provide experimentation on these cultivated fields.
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