8 December 1995

Great Yorkshire plots

ARABLE farming is to get a boost at the Great Yorkshire Show, thanks to the introduction of a new "Arable Matters" section.

Plots of crops will form the basis for discussion on the latest technology and issues, with appropriate exhibitors sited nearby.

This years plots will look at the decision to grow feed or malting barley, and compare winter wheats grown with none, one or two fungicide applications.

With 20% of the national potato crop grown in Yorkshire and Humberside, there will also be a demonstration of four varieties aimed at the chipping, crisping, pre-packing and early markets.

"Two-thirds of Yorkshire land is in arable and, apart from the machinery lines, we felt the show was lacking a specialist area on which arable farmers could focus," says show director, Warren Fenwicke-Clennell.

Plotting the Great Yorkshire Shows new arable area are show director Warren Fenwicke-Clennell (right), ADAS technical adviser Mike Fergus (left) and contractor Malcolm Ingleby.