This is a unique four-part DVD series looking in-depth at the farming year at Clopton Green Farm, an East Anglian arable farm. Detailed attention is given to crops and agronomy as well as machinery, cultivations and every aspect of modern farming.
Farm-manager Steven Offord explains his decisions and the reasoning behind them. Structured in seasonal order, the series encompasses everything from cultivations through to maintenance work. Crop walks keep the viewer up to date with progress throughout the year.
Crops grown include wheat, spring barley, oilseed rape, sugar beet and spring beans. The wide range of machinery used is predominantly from the AGCO stable with Challenger, MF and Fendt tractors represented, along with John Deere. All action is captured comprehensively using unique camera angles.
Suffolk-based Chris Lockwood is a freelance agricultural journalist, author and creator of a growing list of programmes on farming and farm machinery.
Part One specific details:
Part one deals with spring cultivations and the drilling of barley, beans and sugar beet. Fertiliser applications, weed control and the first fungicide applications are also carried out.
Special Features: Sprayer walk-around, Scene selection
Running time: Approx 93 mins plus extras
Part Two specific details:
Part two continues the story with fertiliser applications and spraying as well as covering ancillary activities. Harvest starts with the oilseed rape, and already work begins to prepare the land for the following crop.
Special Features: Archive footage, Scene selection
Running time: Approx 91 mins plus extras
Part Three specific details:
Part three begins with the wheat harvest, followed by the barley and beans and establishment and subsequent care of next year’s oilseed rape. Primary and secondary cultivations are also carried out for cereal crops.
Special Features: Beet harvester walk-around, Scene selection
Running time: Approx 102 mins plus extras
Part Four specific details:
Part four concludes the story with wheat drilling, cultivations and preparation for next year’s spring crops, autumn herbicide applications, sugar beet harvesting and establishing wheat after beet.
Special Features: Spring beans 2015, Scene selection
Running time: Approx 113 mins plus extras
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