South West Agrii iFarm Event Bond Farms
The South West Agrii iFarm event was held at Trerulefoot in June. This is our third year working in partnership with Agrii to host the South Westthe first year we were able to an event on site rather than virtually. Agrii iFarms and Technology Centres are a network of farm and sites across the UK. Hosted in partnership on working farms, lively and engaging offer an opportunity to demonstrate and discuss technologies and growing systems with farmers, agronomists and industry specialists.
Agrii operates the UK’s most comprehensive agronomy-based arable research trials base, incorporating Agrii’s own R&D work and many other independent sources of leading-edge innovation.
Agrii iFarms shine a light on how these innovations can be adopted into real farming practice. Each facilitates a lively and engaging events programmethe to keep farmers and agronomists abreast of the latest varieties, management systems and technologies to aid productivity and profitability.
Thepartnership with Agrii was announced in March 2020, at the time Agrii UK posted the following update –
We’re looking forward to working with the W H Bond family and farm team at Trerule Farm and establishing the iFarm site and events in Cornwall. William Herman Bond started farming as a tenant of Port Eliot Estate, on a 30-acre farm, supplemented by a local milk round. In 1942 the family moved nearby onto a larger 140-acreforecast that the rapid improvement in yields at the time would lead to told his three sons that ‘they would farm themselves out of business’, encouraging them to become ‘serial this advice, the family a bed and breakfast business 1957 forces with his three sons and W H Bond and Sons was diversification continued with the building and opening of the St Mellion Golf and Country Club in the next generation in 1997 into plant hire, agricultural machinery sales, civil engineering and the acquisition of Bake Sawmill.
In 2019 the directors took the decision to retire from plant hire and agricultural machineryheld one of the largest machinery auctions ever seen in the South West with over 1,600 the company on the farming, timber and contracting sides of the business.
The farm in total is around 1500 acres, on medium silty clay loam soils. Current cropping includes 600 acres of winter wheat, 200 acres of winter oats, 100 acres of grain maize, 200 acres of salad potatoes, 135 acres of Calabrese, 40 acres of rotational grassland, 100 acres of permanent grass, 10
March 30, 2020