This is the list of Frequently-Asked Questions about J V Farming Ltd (JVF). Click each one for answers to most of the common questions people ask about JVF. If you can't find the answer to your question below please don't hesitate to send us a message.
1. How many people do JVF employ?
An operations manager + 4 other full time tractor drivers.
2. How many tonnes an hour does your combine achieve?
We have managed the 60t/hr output that the book says it can achieve on a good crop of feed wheat, but it's not something you would be able to average in a day consistently with all the field moves we have to make, also our driers would groan terribly if the moisture was above 18%!
3. What is the yellow flowering crop that I see in the fields in April/May and what is it grown for?
The yellow flower belongs to the oilseed rape plant. If you click on the link to the oilseed rape crop at the top of each map in the Maps section of the website you can learn more about the crop.
4. Why do you leave grass margins around your fields?
Margins provide a wide range of potential benefits, such as: creating new habitat for small mammals, invertebrates and birds; protecting habitats from sprays, fertiliser and cultivation; protecting archaeological or historic features from damage by mechanical operations and are generally supported via various environmental schemes.
5. Do any of your crops get grown for use as renewable energy?
Until the Anaerobic Digestion plant at Rainbarrow Farm was built we grew oilseed rape as an energy crop break crop, which could have been used in biodiesel. Now our main break crop is maize that is grown for the digester and produces about 200m³ of biogas/tonne, this is about 60% more efficient than using oilseed rape for biodiesel.
6. Why do you grow different crops in the fields each year?
'Rotations' of crops and the use of 'break crops' such as oilseed rape/peas/beans is needed to prevent disease build up in the crops, which can be catastrophic if a disease like 'Take All' gets hold, this will literally take large sections of the crop because the root structure is damaged beyond repair. Our own main rotation is wheat followed by spring barley, followed by oilseed rape, and then back to wheat.
7. Why do you cut only one side of your hedges and leave the other side?
The reason could either be that because of some of the environmental schemes that we can enter stipulate that the hedges should be cut every other year to encourage more flowers and berries for wildlife, so it could be that the farmer has chosen to leave one section of farm/hedge and not the other to alternate the work needed to be done, or it could be simply that on one side of the hedge the farmer is in a scheme, and the on the other side the farmer isn't, or is cutting his hedges in a different sequence.
8. Where does all the grain go when it is loaded into trailers and leaves the field?
From the field it is usually taken to a drying plant where if the moisture content of the grain is above the correct storage temperature for the crop (generally between 14 & 15%) it is dried down for storage to await it's final delivery to it's market, or it could be tipped directly in to a store if it's already dry enough, or it may be tipped somewhere into a temporary store from where it would probably be taken to a large central co operative store that the farmer is a member of rather than have the expense of his own storage, and dried and stored there.
9. How many of you are there in the Joint Venture, and how long has it been operating?
There are 4 of us that have an equal share in the Joint Venture at the moment, and if you look at the link in the Opportunities section of this website that takes you to the National Farmer article that was written about us in April, you can find out more about us. The business was first registered in April 2002.
10. I would like to work in agriculture. Where would I find out more about getting started?
Probably your best opportunity would be to make contact with your nearest agricultural college, find out if any of their courses suit you to get properly qualified and then look for a job, or maybe ask them if they know of any farmers that might provide work opportunities in agriculture or an apprenticeship.
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