Country or Region: UK
Specialty: Arable Farm

Customer Profile:

Tristan Corney, a fifth-generation conventional arable farmer, farming 340 acres of organic peaty soils near Peterborough, East Anglia. The farm has diversified and Tristan is exploring regenerative farming and will be soon looking to enter a scheme. Crops grown on the farm include winter wheat, barley, peas, spring linseed, and spring oilseed rape.

Customer Challenge:

Recording data all in one place, being able to analyse it easily for better decision-making, making cost savings, and making the transition to being more sustainable through regenerative agriculture


Gatekeeper helped the customer record data on the go, saving time, as well as enabling easier analysis of the different areas of his business to achieve cost- savings and allow for more informed decision-making.


  • Significant cost-savings
  • Improved efficiency and transparency
  • Ability to record data on the go
  • Potential to transform businesses of all sizes.

How Gatekeeper saved time, saved money, and transformed an East Anglian arable farm

Using Gatekeeper, Gatekeeper Web Apps, and Mapping lets me record and look at my data wherever and whenever I need to. It saves time and it gives me the flexibility that I love.

Tristan Corney, arable Farmer

Executive Summary

Gatekeeper is the UK’s most popular cropping solution, serving as a hub for all the crop management data growers need to optimise performance, find efficiencies, and provide the clarity and visibility to allow management of the farm. When used to its full advantage, farm management software can add huge value to businesses of any size in a range of different ways.

This case study will explore how Gatekeeper helped a customer drive his farm business forward, record data all in one place, analyse different areas of his operations for better decision making, save time, and even influenced his decision to transition to regenerative farming practices.

Customer Challenge

Tristan’s father took over the farm in the 1970’s. Back then, everything was recorded on paper, in diaries. While the details recorded were undoubtedly important and useful, the downsides of keeping records this way are that it’s difficult to spot patterns easily, find the documents you need, or carry out any kind of meaningful analysis of the business. Recording data manually also proves particularly laborious after a long day out in the field.

It’s the meaningful analysis that allows farmers like Tristan to analyse the cost of farming in a particular way, as well as what’s working, what isn’t, and how to run a more sustainable business. In Tristan’s case, when he looked at the numbers he’d recorded over the last two years, he realised that his conventional farming practices weren’t generating enough of a return. This prompted him to look at ways he could make the farm more sustainable.

Tristan is keen to adopt climate-friendly farming practices. His move towards sustainability includes looking at how resilient his land is in a conventional system versus a more natural regenerative system. For example, he has ploughed some fields and not others, and he is being careful to not over cultivate the land. As his farm is located in The Fens, an area with naturally peaty organic soils, he maintains balance by avoiding overuse of ag chemicals. He has also studied soil health extensively, and looking after the soil is a key part of his move towards regenerative agriculture. It’s also something he feels has been lost after many years of conventional intensive farming practices.

Evolving to meet these challenges doesn’t happen overnight. Tristan’s agronomist presented him with a possible solution in Gatekeeper. The agronomist fully supported the use of Gatekeeper and was familiar with the system, so it seemed like a straightforward choice to adopt it. Though Tristan admits that he struggled to understand it at first, once he got to grips with it and began to understand what it could do for his business, he realised that there could be considerable benefits.

I want to be more sustainable, and putting all the costings into Gatekeeper allowed me to see that going down a more climate- friendly farming route was possible.

Tristan Corney, arable Farmer
Tristan Corney, arable Farmer


Gatekeeper has helped Tristan record data on the go, and all in one place. Rather than trying to find what he has recorded on bits of paper here and there, with Gatekeeper he can find out exactly what he needs to know. An example he gives is that he can look at the rates of inputs he applied last year and plan for whether this year’s crop needs the same rate. This is a far quicker process which gives him the flexibility he needs.

Using Gatekeeper Web Apps has also saved him a lot of time in that he can see job data and complete tasks on the go. Tristan says he can look at data wherever and whenever he needs to, rather than having to go back and log everything on a computer at the end of a long day.

Thanks to Gatekeeper Web Apps, the process is seamless. Whether he’s recording field notes or inspecting a field, he can simply input his data, then it’s fed back into Gatekeeper for easy access next time he needs to refer to it.

Having the farm data all in one place also makes analysis easier. Tristan uses Gatekeeper’s mapping system and enters soil sample data to get a clearer picture of what’s going on and to help him make the right decision for each crop.

He has achieved considerable cost-savings with Gatekeeper in a few ways. Firstly, he’s been able to take on crop recording himself rather than paying a third party, and secondly, being able to work out rates from one year to the next has enabled him to save money on inputs across the board.

When it comes to helping Tristan take his farm business down a more sustainable route, Gatekeeper has been instrumental in helping him make those key decisions. It enabled him to consider adopting a regenerative ag route instead of carrying on with conventional farming, as well as using soil analysis and mapping to keep track of how healthy his fields really are. Gatekeeper helped him realise that the farm couldn’t carry on in the way it had done in the past, the return on investment was just too low. Through using data from Gatekeeper, he has been able to evolve and pursue a more sustainable strategy.


Added value for farm businesses of any size

Rather than being a ‘big farm’ tool that is expensive and difficult to learn for smaller farm businesses, Tristan’s results, and the benefits he has gained demonstrate that it can add a huge amount of value to businesses of any size.

Significant cost-savings

Cost-savings brought about by tools like mapping and soil analysis as well as by eliminating the need to hire third parties for crop recording can be significant for all types of farm business.

Improved efficiency, transparency, and compliance

Using web apps also improve efficiency and transparency, as well as enabling data recording on the go.

Customers can produce instant reports from field audits and stock, to nutrient management, and health & safety. Add to this the ability to monitor stock and produce, record yields, view sales and contracts, and keep track of deliveries to and from the farm, and you can see how Gatekeeper also plays an important role in helping with compliance and meeting legislative requirements.

Better connection equals transformation

From our customer testimonials, a few themes emerge when we ask them about their experiences of using Gatekeeper: connection and transformation. The platform allows for seamless connection with key partners like agronomists and with farm machinery. It
also transforms farm businesses of any size by integrating cropping activities and giving customers the bigger picture view.

What farmers can measure they can manage, and what they manage better creates value.

I’ve cut costs, I can see where I’m improving and what needs to improve, and I’m excited about a more sustainable future. I’ve done it my way, with Gatekeeper’s help.

Tristan Corney, arable Farmer

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