Our pick of the best at Cereals

This year’s Cereals event will be the biggest ever, with over 380 exhibitors and 22,500 visitors expected to pass through the gates at Andrew Ward’s Heath Farm, near Leadenham in Lincolnshire.

With even more to see and do, Farmers Weekly has picked out some of the highlights to help you make the most of your visit to the working showcase for the UK arable sector.

Crop plots

There is no better opportunity to see the latest scientific research in action than in the crop plots, the technical heart of the event, where 33 exhibitors have created 90 agronomic trials.

These “live demonstrations” provide a first-hand opportunity to see the field performance of both new and established cereal, oilseed and sugar beet varieties, agrochemical comparisons and end market-focused agronomy including recommendations for the energy, specialist food and export markets. You have access to the country’s leading researchers, plant breeders and technical managers. There are wheat genetics demonstrations, varietal responses to nitrogen and soil profile displays to show the effects of factors like heavy rain and compaction.

Working and static machinery demos

The latest arable machinery and equipment is on show in a real working environment covering more than 10ha. You can compare power, productivity and performance of tractors, cultivators, drills and subsoilers and see demonstrations of GPS and vehicle guidance systems.

Come and see the John Deere 180hp 7530 tractor equipped with fully integrated AutoTrac guidance, the Massey Ferguson MF8480 tractor, the New Holland T7000 running with IntelliSteer, the new Dowdeswell 155 Series 8-furrow plough, the Lynx Alpego Crackers and the Lynx Streamline D. Also being demonstrated will be Quivogne’s Pluto designed for medium horsepower tractors and the Tinemaster disc harrows suitable for 200hp plus.

Sprays & Sprayers arena

There is a vast range of the latest self-propelled and trailed sprayers on show within Syngenta’s Sprays and Sprayers arena to suit even the widest boom requirements. Models being demonstrated and on display range from 12m to 42m boom widths, tank capacities of 800-6000 litres and forward speeds of 0-50kmh. There is also a host of additions like automatic dosing, steering drawbars for tight turning, tank wash and rinse systems, boom recirculation and anti-crab mechanisms. And Syngenta will present the ever-popular Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year award.

HSBC ‘Investing in the Future’ Forums

The Cereals event’s principal sponsor HSBC is hosting a series of three stimulating forums, repeated each day and free of charge. NFU president Peter Kendall asks if agflation is here to stay in the global market place, Sion Roberts from English Farming and Food Partnerships, together with Camgrain and Grainfarmers, talks about the Sainsbury’s grain chain link-up and Farmers Weekly columnist Hugh Broom joins a leading scientist to debate what climate change, carbon and water really means to UK farmers. On Wednesday afternoon, NFU chief economist Carmen Suarez and Mark Berrisford-Smith from HSBC talk about the implications of CAP reform for arable producers.

Arable outlook

Supported by the National Non-Food Crops Centre, the all-new Arable Outlook area is dedicated to crops destined for the renewables, polymer, chemicals, biofuel, construction and other lucrative markets like pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. The area is a “one-stop shop” for UK farmers looking at growing contracts.

Post-harvest technology

This area addresses the ever-increasing importance of quality in harvested and stored crops. There is equipment and information on grain handling, drying, storage and marketing from 24 specialist exhibitors.

Sugar beet

For sugar beet growers aiming to meet British Sugar’s 70t/ha yield initiative, the British Sugar/BBRO plots demonstrate varieties, fungicides, novel seed treatments and harvesting efficiency. On their stand British Sugar/BBRO have exhibits covering the full range of BBRO project work including information on rhizomania, different sources of beet germplasm and the BBRO plant clinic.

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