A Year with Flawborough Farms Part 2 (DVD)

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Part two of a 2-part series charting the machinery used to tackle the seasonal challenges facing a modern arable farming business.




If you’ve seen part one of A Year with Flawborough, you’ll know that this series of farming DVDs is like no other agricultural video yet produced. With footage from unique angles courtesy of some of the most advanced drone and ground-level video technology available, Farming Photography, the UK’s leading agricultural photography company, brings alive the machinery used to tackle the seasonal challenges facing a modern arable farming business.  

Part two of this unique series returns to the Hawthorne family’s 5000-acre Notts-based Flawborough Farms, and covers one of the busiest times of the year, the summer-autumn period that spans the earliest stages of harvest through to the completion of winter drilling. Topics explored include the combinable crop harvest, with its logistical challenges and weather-related pressures, plus forage harvesting of rye and of maize at either ends of the summer for use in anaerobic digesters to generate renewable electricity. In addition to action from some of the latest high-output harvesting technology, such as Claas’sLexion 780 combine and Krone’s BiG X 700 self-propelled forage harvester,  there’s the opportunity to observe at work some of the newest equipment to make its mark on modern farming, such as the Pistenbully 300 GreenTech silage compactor.

The video also charts some other key machinery developments resulting from new thinking within this modern family farming business. They include a decision to switch from tracks to tyres at the top of the farm’s tractor fleet, with the film following the experiences of Flawborough’s owners and operators as they settle in to a new system using a four-wheel steer ClaasXerion 5000 in place of a long-serving Case IH Quadtrac 580. The new tractor and the farm’s existing Fendt machines are followed through every step of the autumn tillage and drilling process, in a section which also includes the development of the farm’s own drill filler and a focus on its controlled traffic farming system. If you’re fascinated by modern farming, or simply want to see how someone else does the job, this is a DVD you won’t want to miss.