Potato production at P J Lee & Sons has developed over the years to include includes three planting teams. Due to the wide ranging soil types on the farms, a light land, strong land and stone teams have been formed. A huge mix of cultivators, 2 deep ridging machine, 6 bedformers, 11 soil seperators, 2 Structural high speed planters and 2x 6 row Standen potato planters….
Christopher Lee supervises the light land team consisting of cultivators,2 Basalier bedformers and two state of the art Structural Potato Planters.
This team is extremely efficient as the kinder soils need less cultivation to create the perfect seedbed. With two men delivering liquid fertiliser and potato seed from the chitting sheds, only the weather can hold them back......
The second heavy land team is supervised by Andrew Lee. A huge mix of cultivators, 2 deep ridging machines,3 Standen bedformers, 8 soil seperators and 1 of the 6 row Standen potato planters all help to produce the perfect seedbed on the stronger soils.
The third stone team consists of a 1 Standen bedfomer, 3 Standen Unistars followed by the second 6 row planter.
Irrigation on the farm is from an array of Rivers, Drains and the surrounding ditch networks. On many of the farms there are winter storage reservoirs which all compliment the application of water. The farm runs as many as 40 irrigation reels depending on the season, some with booms.
Potato harvest is quite unique at P J Lee & Sons as due to the crop being only late harvest varieties, it must be harvested in a, as close to 6 week window. This is subject to frost and rainfall. Storage of the 44,000t+ is predominantly at Lee's Packhouse. There is a range of bulk and state of the art box storage, 32,000t, with the remainder at 12 other facilities across our land bank. We are always looking for potato land to grow on within 12-15mles from a satellite storage facility. We are growing in the from the West of Sutton, Thorney to as far as Lode in the East. Please contact us to discuss any options.....
The farm currently runs 8 harvesters, 6 being self-propelled Grimme machines. The flag ship models are the 3 Tectron, 4 row, 16ton bunker machines. These machine load directly into bulker trailers being towed in the field by the farms 2 power dollies. This reduces compaction in the fields and mud onto the highway. HGV’s cart the full bulkers away to the nearest storage facility. The entire crop is either transported by the HGV’s with 11 bulker trailers or by 36 tractor and trailers. One of the 5, 8ft Grimme Grading lines would then clean and grade the sample into either bulk storage facilities or boxes. We aim to harvest 100ac+ a day to ensure all machinery is being operated efficiently and ensuring the crop is stored away before the risk of frost. This also allows our landlords to drill a Winter Wheat in behind our crop in a timely fashion