The UK’s biggest arable event – Cereals 2014 – is the perfect pre-harvest outing. With just a few days to go Farmers Weekly highlights why growers should make the trip.
1. Get some answers
How CAP reform will affect growers will be a key topic debated as part of the arable conference programme. There will also be technical seminars around climate change and the regulatory framework for pesticides. Young farmers will also be able to visit the Inspire pavilion to hear speakers talk about jobs in the arable sector. Topics likely to be under discussion down “business alley” include grain marketing, legal and financial services and costs of production.
See also: Read more about this year’s Cereals event
2. Crop plots
Hundreds of cereals, oilseed and root crop varieties will be on show to help growers assess the performance of old and newer varieties, including the latest additions to the various Recommended Lists. Agronomy demonstrations will show the effects of different seed rates, dressings, nitrogen rates and spray programmes.
3. Disease control and crop nutrition
Blackgrass resistance and controlling broad-leaved weeds will be hot topics in the crop plots area. When it comes to nutrition, variable rate application, product choice and deficiency will also be examined in detail.
- 64ha of stands and live demonstrations
- More than 500 exhibitors
- 10h of working demonstrations
- On-site free parking
4. CPD points
There are loads of continuing professional development (CPD) points on offer to visitors. Attending on either day will earn you three Basis points or two NRoSO points. There are an additional 12 Basis and eight NRoSo points on offer at the event if you follow the CPD trail.
5. Machinery demonstrations
Whether you’re looking for a new tractor, combine, drill or cultivation equipment, there will be machinery on display to suit all situations and pockets. There are also 10ha of working machinery demonstrations, meaning it is the perfect place to compare power, productivity and performance of different machines in a real working environment.
6. Sprays and Sprayers
Exhibitors in the Sprays and Sprayers area of the event will be showing innovations to improve the comfort, ease, efficiency and accuracy of spraying. Visitors will be able to view self-propelled, trailed and mounted sprayers as part of the arena programme.