Overbury Blog

DOWN ON THE FARM

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • 7 Dec 2017
  • Overbury Farms

There are just 4 days left (expires on Monday 11th December 2017) to check out Farmer Jake showing JB how we use Drones at Overbury on CBeebies ‘Down on the Farm’.

Click here to watch now.


CRIMPER ROLLER

CRIMPER ROLLER

  • 30 Nov 2017
  • Overbury Farms

There is so much public awareness of the perceived issues with Glyphostate at the moment even though 3300 studies have shown it to be a very benign chemical when used correctly in the field.  With any potential restriction on its use being enforced on us I wanted to have a look at an alternative method of killing a cover crop before we plant our harvestable, or cash crop, into the field.  To me a cover crop can only enhance the soil and the wider environment.  It shields the soil from rain, reducing runoff and erosion; it feeds the soil biology with carbohydrates and encourages the development of below ground microbial populations; provides winter feed for our sheep; increases soil organic matter to hold more nutrients and water - it’s a no brainier for the farm and the wider environment.


GREAT COMPANIONS

GREAT COMPANIONS

  • 22 Nov 2017
  • Overbury Estate, Overbury Farms

For the last 3 years we have been experimenting with companion crops in our oilseed rape fields, that is growing more than one species of plant together.  The companions are mainly based around legumes to try and increase the amount of atmospheric nitrogen that we can capture and then make available to our farming system, and why wouldn’t we?  The atmosphere is 76% nitrogen, yet our cereal and brassica plants cannot use any of it.  But legumes can-and they do it very quickly. 

 

 


END OF HARVEST 2017

END OF HARVEST 2017

  • 29 Sep 2017
  • Overbury Estate, Overbury Farms

We are finally approaching the end of Harvest 2017.

We had been waiting for some more sunshine and so, between the showers, we have managed to harvest all the Linseed.  The harvested seeds should hopefully be used by other farmers next spring to plant in their fields.


MIDDLE BARN DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

MIDDLE BARN DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

  • 20 Mar 2017
  • Overbury Farms

Middle Barn Grain store is progressing well and we are on schedule to get it completed before harvest which is a huge relief. All of the steel work is now erected and most of the roof is on. Currently the machinery installers are building the grain drier itself and installing some of the cat walk, conveyors and elevators that will carry the grain through the plant and safely into store.


DORIS VISITS OVERBURY

DORIS VISITS OVERBURY

  • 8 Mar 2017
  • Out and About, Overbury Farms

With so many trees and so much property here at Overbury Enterprises, Storm Doris has kept us rather busy.

Several of the properties have had tiles blown off so the Maintenance Team have been repairing and replacing to keep our tenants nice and dry!


SLOW THE FLOW

SLOW THE FLOW

  • 13 Feb 2017
  • Overbury Farms

This week Farm workers Derek, Graham and Gordon, (with a little help from Martyn, our Forester) have been working on a co-funded project with the Environment Agency and The Flow Partnership to ‘Slow the Flow’.  In simple terms this involves making little dams in streams, made of natural timber materials, located on site.  The timber is placed at crisscross angles across the stream and pinned securely in place into the stream bed with iron bars.


WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?

  • 27 Jan 2017
  • Local Events, Out and About, Overbury Farms

As we creep into February it’s time to get those binoculars out and the curtains twitching. There are two events that the Overbury team will be taking part in, and maybe you could too?


Combine-ing Knowledge

Combine-ing Knowledge

  • 22 Aug 2016
  • Out and About, Overbury Estate, Overbury Farms

I’m Claire. Some of you will know me as the Receptionist at the Overbury Estate Office. I’m what we like to call ‘Hub Central’. If you phone the office, it will probably be me on the other end! I’ve worked in Overbury for nearly 2 years now and I love my job. It’s very varied and interesting and no two days are ever the same. As Receptionist I don’t always get to see much of the Estate but last week was pretty special.


Lambing Live 2015

Lambing Live 2015

  • 21 Apr 2015
  • Fundraising, Local Events, Overbury Farms

Overbury Farms Lambing Live event took place on Sunday 19th April 2015.  It was a chilly but dry day and the car park soon filled up. The tractor and trailer rides proved very popular and made trip after trip up to the lambing sheds. Some lucky visitors got to see a lamb being born.  At one point our Shepherd Reg had to step in and give a ewe...