The 1700 ha business grows 100 ha of conference pears, 70 ha of cherries and 50 ha of gala and braeburn apples alongside around 600 ha of wheat and 200 ha each of winter beans and oilseed rape. Some spring barley and spring peas are also grown with around 250ha of grassland for the flock of 1500 Suffolk cross ewes and a further 250 ha in Higher Level Stewardship schemes.
The Nitram was manufactured by GrowHow at Ince near Chester and delivery was made by DR & FA Ford of Wem, Shropshire. The versatile wagon and drag unit used is powered by one of the first low emission Euro 6 Volvo engines in the UK. As both of the company’s manufacturing plants are now producing ammonium nitrate fertiliser with one of the lowest carbon footprints in Europe, you could say that’s a win:win for the environment
Mr Bowsher-Gibbs uses GrowHow’s DoubleTop fertiliser as the first dressing on all his wheat and OSR crops. He was persuaded to enter the competition when he visited the GrowHow stand at the UK’s premier arable farming event, Cereals 2014, in June.
Commenting on the win, which is worth around £7,000 to the farm business, he said that it would be a very welcome contribution toward the business’ annual fertiliser requirement.