Farmer Focus: Come and see what’s new at Cereals 2018

The farming year races on and most crops have almost caught up, although sugar beet has a lot of growing to do with drilling this year stretching into early May.

The usual deadlines for submitting BPS, Environmental Stewardship and woodlands annual claims have passed, with a new one this year being the Health and Harmony submission.

Thinking about the latter, 44,000 responses is less than the 100,000 that Defra wanted but still a good number and one that hopefully contains a good proportion of farmers.

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I now just hope that enough resources have been committed at Defra to wading through the replies and coming up with some conclusions in the relatively near future.

Looking forward

We have the sheep shearers here on the farms today as well as the first draw of spring born lambs heading towards Thrapston Market.

However minds are now concentrated on the forthcoming Cereals 2018 event which we will be hosting here at Chrishall Grange for the fourth time on 13 and 14 June.

A lot has changed for this year, the main thing being that we have a new organisation in the form of Comexposium running the event.

Comexposium brings a wealth of experience with it, having several large European events in its portfolio including the Paris-based Sima event.

Visitors will find that the layout has completely changed, away from rows of tents to hub areas concentrating on different, up-to-the-minute, areas of interest.

Conferences this time will be held in large gazebos rather than greenhouses. There is also an 8ha area of cover crop mixtures as well as several soil pits.

So please come and have a look at what’s on show. Book your tickets now to get your discounts, and to avoid frustration get to the event early! One thing you can leave at home is any form of negativity.

Robert Law farms 1,700ha on the Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex borders growing cereals, mustard, a range of forage crops for seed, sugar beet, up to 200ha of catchcrop stubble turnips and 300ha of grass supporting a flock of 2,500 ewes. All land farmed is in environmental stewardship schemes. He also manages 500ha of sandland in Nottinghamshire.

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