Cereals 2012: Six reasons why you will want to attend

Cereals is firmly established as Europe’s leading technical arable event, with over 64ha of stands and live demonstrations involving more than 450 leading suppliers.

It provides an unrivalled collection of arable expertise, from seed to sprays and fertiliser to finance, which is expected to attract at least 25,500 visitors to host farmer Patrick Dean’s land at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire on 13 and 14 June.

To help you make the most of your time at the event, Farmers Weekly has pulled together some of the key highlights you can’t afford to miss.

Crop plots

Crop Plots have always taken centre stage at Cereals, and this year is no exception. More than 30 companies will be using 90 plots to illustrate their messages, giving visitors that all-important practical insight to the work carried out by leading researchers, breeders and technicians.

Hundreds of the latest Recommended List and pipeline cereal, oilseed rape and pulse varieties will be on show, as will new varieties better suited to end markets and novel genetics that could produce the more robust and reliable varieties of tomorrow. A range of conservation and stewardship cover crops to suit all circumstances will also be demonstrated.

Other plots create a great backdrop for all the latest agronomy messages. A multitude of practical crop management issues and advice will be brought to life, including cereal disease control and the latest SDHI fungicides, weed management, novel methods of pest control and crop and variety selection advice. It’s the perfect way to stay abreast of all the latest developments, to help keep your crops healthy from drill to combine.

Sprays and Sprayers

Just about every sprayer configuration that exists will be on show at the Syngenta Sprays & Sprayers Arena, where 50 machines will be demonstrated each day.

Self-propelled, mounted and trailed sprayers will all take their turn in the ring, ranging from 1,500-litre 24m units costing under £20,000 to leviathans with 36m booms capable of carrying up to 8,000 litres of spray solution and costing almost 10 times as much. Expert running commentary will ensure you have all the facts at your fingertips.

A new British spraying champion will also be crowned in the arena on Wednesday when Syngenta presents the Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year award, now in its 28th year.

Machinery

Those looking to reinvest in machinery and plant will be spoiled for choice. Over 70 machinery exhibitors will be on site, including most leading manufacturers together with a host of specialist firms.

Whatever’s on the shopping list – the latest hectare-munching combine, a new plough, a state-of-the-art seed drill, or something with lots of horses to pull it with, you can be sure to find something that suits at Cereals. And there’s plenty of potato and sugar beet kit to keep root growers happy, too.

On both days of the event, a range of cultivation equipment and clever precision farming tools will be put through their paces on the working demonstration plots.

Arable conference

The effects of CAP reform and market volatility, and the potential of new technology will be discussion topics at this year’s event in a series of mini conferences organised in partnership with the Oxford Farming Conference.

The new CAP will slowly take shape over the next couple of years, and while market volatility looks set to stay, growers will be looking for direction to help them safeguard their future. At the same time, the challenges of producing more food, while minimising the effect on the environment, means growers have to be more technically proficient and aware than ever before.

An impressive panel of speakers is lined up to address these two important subjects that concern all arable farmers.

Renewables

The Renewables Area at Cereals continues to grow as farmer interest in the sector gathers pace.

This year’s event will see more than 30 companies offering advice across a wide range of renewable energy generation and supply opportunities.

For those looking to generate power themselves, every aspect is covered, from biomass boilers and biogas plants to wind turbines and solar panels. And plenty of advice is on hand for those considering biomass cropping opportunities. The Renewables Area provides a great opportunity to gather all the information you need.

Post-harvest Technology

Getting the crop to the barn is one thing – keeping it in tip-top condition once it’s there is another. Grain dryers, cleaners, and bins, conveyors, elevators and monitoring equipment will be on show, as well as fully kitted out grain stores. And with more than 40 exhibitors, there’s plenty of choice.

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