The Cereals Event crop plots are the ‘must see’ technical heart of the event where over 30 exhibitors have created some 90 agronomic trials.

Over the two days of Cereals on 13 &14 June at Vine Farm, near Wendy, the crop plots are home to the latest R&D, demonstrating a spectra of combinable crops, game crops and field margins.

They provide a first-hand opportunity to see the field performance of both new and established varieties, agrochemical comparisons and end-market focused agronomy including recommendations for the emerging energy markets.

For more information and to book your cereals tickets in advance for fast track entry and to save money, visit

FWi has picked out just a few of the many crop plot highlights that you can’t afford to miss.

Home Grown Cereals Authority
Over the past six years HGCA has successfully increased R&D co-funding up to a level where almost £4 of research is undertaken for each £1 of levy spent. The crop plots show first hand how some of this funding has been invested.

  • You can see all the varieties on the Recommended Lists for wheat, barley (winter and spring) and winter oilseed rape in one place at one time.
  • Plus HGCA RL staff will be running tours of the milling wheat plots in partnership with nabim, giving growers the opportunity to quiz those closest to the millers about what future requirements of this valuable market might be.
  • HGCA takes the agchem debate to another dimension by putting fungicide performance to the test in the highly popular appropriate fungicide dose plots for wheat, barley and oilseed rape.
  • For oilseed rape growers the crop’s architecture is an important contributor to yield, making the HGCA’s work on how to balance root and canopy growth a ‘must see’ visit

Velcourt’s crop plots will undoubtedly attract a large audience as technical director, Keith Norman, is exploring agronomic extremes and their relevance to a commercial situation:

  • Would you use a pre-em without a post-em follow-up for black-grass control, or vice versa? Velcourt’s crop plots show just how well the two options work in isolation of one another.
  • Taking the concept further, Velcourt is also showing how fungicide strategies might work if you applied either just a T1 or just a T2 spray to determine the relative strengths and weaknesses of fungicide products and approaches.
  • Nitrogen dose rate responses on wheat including crop response with and without compost & biosolid mix
  • Different types of oilseed rape for a variety of markets, plus Velcourt is making their own potato chips on their stand to show the different attributes of the different oils from the range of types of OSR.


  • NIAB plots will get to the heart of cereal disease management with demonstrations on choosing a variety to reduce the risk of rust epidemics and ergot development; the latter being of greater concern with the increase in grass margins.
  • ‘They’ say small is beautiful – so NIAB will be showing you just how small you can go with Dwarf wheats!
    Rothamsted Research
  • The RB209 review is at the forefront of any arable farmer’s mind; Rothamsted Research has an update on the review and you can see science in practice in their nitrogen trials and soil nitrogen probe demonstrations
  • The R&D team will be looking at oilseed rape and its susceptibility to light leaf spot and stem canker, septoria and other disease resistance in wheat, rhynchosporium resistance in barley and the impact of climate change on aphids

For more information on this years crop plots and for further event information visit You can also book your tickets in advance, before 8 June, for fast-track entry and to save money. The Cereals Event 2007 is organised and presented by Haymarket Exhibitions. Principal sponsor is HSBC.