David Miller at Wheatsheaf Farming manages more than 700ha of arable land in Hampshire
for three landowners. He grows companion and cover crops in a traditional rotation of winter
rape, winter barley, winter wheat, winter beans, spring linseed and spring barley to boost soil
health, nutrients, reduce pest risks and increase margins.
"I grew up in Essex and left school in 1975 at the age of 16. I worked on the same farm with my Father and completed a City and Guilds day release course at Writtle College. I then moved up to a foreman’s job on a neighbouring farm. In 1998 I moved to Hampshire to take a Manager’s post which then evolved into the joint venture of Wheatsheaf Farming Company in 2002. In 2004 I was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship and travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Hungary studying labour recruitment, training and retention.
I am BASIS and FACTS qualified
In 2010, after 35 years of chemical dominated crop production, soil and biology has become the centre of our attention with solutions being sought from places other than just bags and cans."