24 May 1996

Royal to show

pick of E bloc wheat bunch

DEMONSTRATION plots of the most common wheat varieties grown in eastern Europe are among the new features of the Arable Area at this years Royal Show (July 1-4).

In what the organisers see as a one-stop shop for arable farmers, the Eastern Europe – threat or opportunity display will spotlight developments in the Eastern bloc and their effects on UK farmers.

The premium earning markets for pulses will be the focus of a joint Sharpes/RASE presentation. Winter sown derivatives of traditional spring crops such as lupins, linseed and peas will also be on show.

A comparison of three main arable farming systems – Velcourt, LIFE, and Organic – is being expanded to highlight production performances and environmental impact.

Visitors to the shows Science Park will be able to taste tomato puree made from genetically modified tomatoes, explore the world of bread and see how worldwide genes are selected to speed crop improvement. &#42