CHALDEAN ESTATE LTD
Chaldean Estate is an 810 hectare arable farm in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. As well as growing wheat, rapeseed and field beans, the Estate manages some 120 hectares of woodland, much of which benefits from public access and some of which has been categorised as 'ancient'. The new areas of woodland comprising some 33 hectares were planted in Autumn 2012 have been designated Diamond Woods, as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration.
The Farm is managed within a consortium called Gilston Crop Management LLP which comprises the Chaldean Estate and two local farms.
We are fully committed to operating in harmony with nature and are full participants in English Nature's 'Countryside Stewardship Scheme' a scheme aimed at protecting and enhancing wildlife whilst producing crops for food.
SEASONS ON THE FARM
SPRING: The time for drilling spring crops - our spring wheat and spring oilseed rape - and applying fertiliser to help promote healthy growth. Minimal herbicide, funcidide and insecticide sprays are applied to protect the crops and bird scaring ' guns' are put in place to try to keep pigeon damage as low as possible.
SUMMER: The season sees the combine harvesters running methodoically up and down the row of crop. These are high-tech machines that carry computer programmes of our field boundaries and crop layouts to ensure harvesting is carried out as efficiently as possible - important given the high cost of fuel. The produce - which will typically have been sold several months before - is taken to the various storage sheds for drying and conditioning.
AUTUMN: The land is cultivated during this season, and drilling of the Estate's main crops - cereals and oilseeds. Fertilisers are applied to boost growth. Grain and seed in our stores gradually leaves the farm, being collected by purchasers and contractors.
WINTER: Again the land is cultivated in readiness for spring planting. The Estate's hedges are cut and the Estate's hands are busy clearing ditches, checking field drainage and maintaining all farm equipment.
2014 CROPPING PLAN