There are 2 DVDs to this series which 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.
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.
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.
- Running Time 125 mins approx
- PAL DVD