Farmers Weekly –
Arable Farmer of the Year 2014 &
Farmer of the Year 2014.
3rd. October 2014
Poul Hovesen wins not one but two fine accolades this year. Not only gaining recognition as winner of Arable Farmer of the year, Poul Hovesen was also awarded the prestigious overall title of Farmer of the Year 2014.
Poul said “It was a complete surprise to all of us. First, to receive the Arable Farmer of the Year award, right at the start of the ceremony and then to be asked to go onto the stage again for the final award, it was a great moment. ”
The major achievements which helped win the title were the the successful transition to a 7 year crop rotation and the introduction of more innovative farming techniques at Salle Farm. The 7 year rotation improves the soil quality, now producing nearly 13t/ha of winter wheat. Bold new techniques, like the use of over crops to reduce the need for fertilizer are all carefully monitored for effectiveness. These accomplishments along with the ongoing work at Salle Farm with the University of East Anglia, on water purification as well as the reduction of Black Grass at the farm, were some of the initiatives which won him the award of Farmer of the Year.
The awards were presented by Sue Perkins at a spectacular event at Grosvenor House in London.
Sir Timothy Coleman Prize for Outstanding Contribution
Poul Hovesen receives an award from president of the Royal Norfolk Show, HRH Prince Edward, at a ceremony on the President’s Lawn.
The Sir Timothy Colman prize, for an outstanding contribution towards promoting the interests and understanding of food, farming and the countryside in Norfolk, was presented to Poul Hovesen for his continued innovation and creativity managing the Salle Park Estate for Sir John White.
He farms 2,000 hectares of land in Norfolk and 800 in Poland for Sir John and was awarded and honorary fellowship to NIAB for his services to agriculture.