Bob Simpson and his family farm at Castlemains on the edge of the village of Dirleton, less than two miles west of North Berwick, East Lothian.
The arable farm covers 235 hectares with a mix of winter wheat, spring barley, oilseed rape, winter barley, combining peas, potatoes and Brussels sprouts.
With a good climate and fertile soil, Castlemains is ideal for a varied crop rotation that helps maintain soil structure and nutrients.
Bob has volunteered to work with SRUC as a Climate Change Focus Farm. Over the three year initiative, with help from SRUC and industry specialists, Bob and the farm discussion group will consider practical ways to profit from improved farm efficiency which in turn can reduce the farm carbon footprint.
How can you benefit from work at Castlemains?
Reducing the farm carbon footprint can save you money. Covering topics ranging from reducing farm energy use to improving and protecting soil fertility, a series of on-farm discussion group meetings and visits are planned to help you revisit practical ways to benefit the farm business. Meetings are free to attend and all farmers are welcome.
Case studies, information and meeting reports from Castlemains Farm.
Castlemains Arable Case Study (513.75 KB PDF)
Castlemains: Lessons Learnt and Adaptations - July 2018 (1.16 MB PDF)
Castlemains: Integrated Control of Grass Weeds - November 2017 (708.38 KB PDF)
Castlemains: Controlled Traffic Farming & GPS Sampling - Oct 2017 (4.65 MB PDF)
Castlemains: Improving Efficiency at Harvest - July 2017 (2.57 MB PDF)
Castlemains: Tyre Selection - Feb 2017 (4.08 MB PDF)
Castlemains: Nutrient Budgeting - Jan 2017 (1.73 MB PDF)
Castlemains: Cover Cropping & No Till in Practice - November 2016 (4.51 MB PDF)
Castlemains: The Value of Soil Organic Matter - June 2016 (1.32 MB PDF)
Castlemains & Rumbletonrig joint meeting - Getting Back to Plant Basics on Major Plant Nutrients - February 2016(759.92 KB PDF)
Castlemains: AgRe Calc & Progress Update - November 2015 (1.4 MB PDF)
Castlemains: The Answer Is In The Soil - June 2015 (2.11 MB PDF)
Castlemains: Practical Ideas to Improve Farm Profits - February 2015 (970.89 KB PDF)
Castlemains Farm Introductory Meeting - Feb 2015 (1.03 MB PDF)