Local knowledge transfer

26 September 2014

Why join as a Monitor Farm? I like the idea of having local knowledge transfer. I would have been interested in getting involved anyway, even if I wasn’t hosting. We do a lot of visits for all sorts of people and I like having people on farm visits as it gives us fresh perspectives and keeps us being challenged. It helps us to realise that we’re not really in competition.

I’ve been benchmarking with the Somerset group for six or seven years, and I like the challenge – why we grow particular crops, and so on.

We’re keen to look at how we can get our income more consistent so we can plan for investment better. I’m thinking of solar and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) on the farm, to help us make farm income more secure.

One of the topics for discussion during the three-year Monitor Farm programme will be how to secure more consistent income from crops, including the possibility of AD.



Rob Addicott is a Duchy of Cornwall tenant farming 478ha in Somerset, divided between his home farm, shared land with a neighbour, and contracted land. The farm grows winter wheat, barley and OSR for feed, as well as beans for human consumption, on a six-year rotation and shares all of his machinery with a neighbour. Rob manages an on-farm office complex together with his father, and also belongs to a benchmarking group in Somerset. Topics for discussion include reviewing the machinery complement in the light of the mix of soils types and managing the soil.