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One Farm One Year new DVDs by Chris Lockwood advance information

One Farm, One Year January–August, Chris Lockwood, DVD approx 125 minutes, £17.95, see here.
One Farm, One Year August–December, Chris Lockwood, DVD approx 117 minutes, £17.95, see here.
To save money on the set of 2 DVDs at £29.95 see the Old Pond Offers page.

 

Cover One Farm One Year Jan-Aug Cover One Farm One Year Aug-DecThis pair of DVDs constitute the most detailed programmes ever released about the farming year on a large arable enterprise. We say ‘enterprise’ because Loose Hall Farm Ltd runs to 3,600 acres on eight farms stretching over eight miles.

The manager is Kevin Easey who for 48 years has worked the heavy clay soils in the heart of Suffolk. In 2012 – the year of filming – his main crops were winter wheat, winter and spring barley, oilseed rape and sugar beet. A few beef cattle were also kept.

January–August, the first programme, follows Kevin and his staff through the spring drilling of barley and beet, spraying for crop protection, fertilising, hoeing the young beet, mowing grass and baling. Battling against very wet conditions, Kevin combines the winter barley and the rape and by mid-August is once again drilling rape.

August–September starts with the wheat harvest, close on the heels of which are cultivations for next year’s crops. The new rape crop is already coming through – and so are the slugs. After a very variable summer the wheat harvest finally ends in early September and a week later Kevin starts drilling next year’s cereals. Drilling, fertilising and spraying are the order of the day until beet lifting from the end of October, during what turned out to be one of the wettest autumns for a hundred years.

Chris Lockwood’s clear script describes over 160 sequences during the course of these programmes which together run for four hours. There are interviews with Kevin Easey who is to be seen in the centre of the Loose Hall Farm team photograph here. The others, left to right, are Graham, Annie, Stuart and Mike.

Many ancillary activities are on view including truck-loading, crop-drying, drilling maize for game cover, hedge-cutting, ditching and demonstrations of new machinery. Enthusiasts will appreciate the wide variety of different tractors and equipment seen at work.

Suffolk-based Chris Lockwood, a freelance agricultural journalist, is the author of three books and creator of a growing list of programmes on farming and farm machinery.

Some photographs taken by Chris Lockwood during filming are here.

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