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Potato & Carrot – UK, Elveden Estate

Elveden Estate is a large farming enterprise that has positively embraced and increased the biodiversity on the farm, whilst increasing the profitability of the business by growing high quality produce and investing in carefully considered diversification opportunities.

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Key areas of good practice
Assurance/certification:

Elveden is a member of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) and promotes environmentally responsible farming. The Estate is also LEAF Marque approved, which demonstrates that they have been inspected and approved against a carefully selected set of criteria. The Estate strongly believes in the philosophy of Integrated Farm Management (IFM), which is also one of the key principles of LEAF.

Agrotechnology:

Visual guidance hoes are used to weed between crop rows; the computer-controlled guidance system allows cultivation and weed removal between the rows very close to crop without causing any damage. The practice has reduced herbicide use in carrot crops by over 50%.

Energy efficiency and renewables:

Visual guidance hoes are used to weed between crop rows; the computer-controlled guidance system allows cultivation and weed removal between the rows very close to crop without causing any damage. The practice has reduced herbicide use in carrot crops by over 50%.

Sufficient High quality production:

The potatoes and carrots grown on the farm are produced to strict quality standards to ensure that they meet the requirements of the farm itself (in terms of input and quality), and the specifications of the processor (quality and visual characteristics). The relationship between the farm and the processor is absolutely critical to the continued marketability and quality of the raw ingredients.

Water:

Elveden has invested in and constructed two 400,000 cubic metre reservoirs on site which are winter-filled during November and December. To ensure the water quality is of the required standard, a monthly assessment is carried out (during irrigation periods), covering microbiological and nutrient levels (screening for pesticides and nitrogen is also undertaken throughout the season).

Elveden uses soil moisture probes help to monitor moisture levels in potato fields, and an on-farm weather station predicts rainfall and soil evaporation rates. This information is then fed into a decision support system which helps calculate irrigation requirements for the potato crop; this reduces production costs and ensures the highest yields and quality.

Energy efficiency:

Elveden has calculated its ‘Carbon Footprint’ - the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by the business – with a view to devising an action plan to reduce emissions and energy use.

Elveden has invested in more efficient equipment such as inverter pumps and fans. Energy spend is a significant farm cost, and inverter drives can reduce running costs by up to 30%. Regular servicing of machinery and equipment also ensures they are operating as efficiently as possible.

Ecosystem protection:

The Estate has over 2,000 hectares (7,000 acres) of conservation area. There are now 50 pairs of Stone Curlew (almost 15% of the UK’s summer population). The Estate has excellent conservation credentials which are seamlessly coupled with maximising the efficiency of the productive land.

Management:

Elveden has initiated various diversification opportunities that have been an important venture for the business. They have improved the economic viability of the farm business, and reduced dependence on the profits generated by producing primary agricultural commodities.