Sainfoin at Honeydale

Posted: 27th May 2016

Our Sainfoin field is doing very well and is now coming into flower; a beautiful sight. The seed was drilled last June into a new, clean seedbed after ploughing and pressing the field. We later broadcast a companion grass mixture containing Timothy and Meadow Fescue on top of the seedbed, rolling it in to ensure establishment.

Being such an upright plant, Sainfoin doesn't provide a huge amount of weed smothering so a grass companion crop is needed to fill up the sward. It also increases the overall biomass of the crop to produce a better yield.

Looking forward, we can use the crop for haylage with the option to take seed from it at a later date.

Centre for diverse farming in the Cotswolds.

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It's always been part of our vision to have a farm as an extension of the Cotswold Seeds business and in 2013 we bought Honeydale Farm, one hundred acres in the Cotswolds. During the past couple of years we've been making huge progress on the farm and this blog was set up to share this progress with our friends in the farming world.