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Cereals is the leading event for arable farmers, agronomists and arable industry professionals. There’s a huge range of crop plots, farm machinery demonstrations, and farming technology on display. This year features a cover crop drilling demonstration, Hands Free Hectare demos, and a return of the Drone Zone. Read the news, technical agronomy advice and information live from the event and check out the latest arable farm machinery launches.


Advice and tips


6 key measures to assess arable performance

Machinery and labour offer the main scope for raising arable efficiency, and on most farms there is still room for improvement. Full benchmarking is a useful exercise but a set…


Buried underpants can reveal soil secrets

Two arable growers buried their underpants in warm soils last autumn before digging them up eight week later. Analysis showed the more decomposed the pants were, the better the soil…


A grower’s guide to buying a drone

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – have come a long way since the first commercial use in Japan during the 1980s, with a plethora of systems and potential…


Tips on beating beetles in OSR

Oilseed rape growers concerned about cabbage stem flea beetle and its devastating effect on crop establishment were advised to reassess drilling date and seed-bed conditions. On top of the two…

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Case studies


Video: Wheat yield record-holders tell us how they did it

Two world wheat yield record-holders came face-to-face in a New Zealand vs Northumberland match after Kiwi Eric Watson pipped Rod Smith’s record with a recipe of low seed rates and…


How Cereals co-host is tackling blackgrass and flea beetle

As in 2014, this year’s Cereals event is being jointly hosted by two farming business, which are also seeing the benefits of collaborating on arable cropping. The Banks family of…


Precision nitrogen application sees yield gains in Yorkshire

Precision farming technology is allowing Yorkshire grower Neil Welburn and his son Chris to take the guesswork out on nitrogen applications and push up their crop yields. A tractor-mounted Isaria…

How Velcourt tackles wheat disease control

Resistant varieties, later drilling and drone imagery are all factors in farming giant Velcourt’s move to more sustainable wheat disease control. Untreated trial plots of more disease-resistant variety Revelation and…

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New varieties and sprays to give growers helping hand

Plant breeders and agrochemical groups were eager to show off new improved varieties and pesticides at the Cereals 2017 event in Lincolnshire – with the aim of helping growers face…


Learn which specialist crops will earn you a healthy premium

There are a number of winter and spring cropping options offering farmers a profitable break crop next season by earning a healthy premium. However, they must have a market –…

High-performing two-row feed barley varieties impress

Two malting winter barleys and three high yielding two-row feed types make up Clare Leaman's five winter barley varieties to consider for next season. Recent years have seen a step…

Opinion: Farmers should see three-crop rule as opportunity

Complying with the three-crop rule should not be as costly and arduous as many British growers fear, our analysis shows. Little or no rotational change will be necessary for the…

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Cereals 2018: Wheat variety offers 33% extra untreated yield

A conventional winter barley delivering hybrid yields plus a potential Group 2 wheat with an untreated yield 33% above control varieties are among the latest KWS varieties up for recommendation…


Cereals 2018: High-yielding, low-input OSR on the way

High-yielding, low-input oilseed rape varieties suitable for an integrated farm management approach are the aim of breeder DSV’s triple layer concept, which was unveiled at Cereals 2018. The new concept…


Cereals 2018: Soft feed wheat fast-tracked for autumn drilling

Limagrain has such high hopes for its soft feed wheat candidate, Skyscraper, that it is making up to 4,000t of seed available for this autumn. Described as a breakthrough variety,…


Cereals 2018: Pick of drills and cultivation kit

The Cereals event returned to its regular southern haunt at Chrishall Grange, Cambridgeshire this week. Farmers Weekly’s Machinery team headed down the drills and cultivation isle to pick out some highlights.…

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Test and reviews


A round-up of new ploughs at Cereals 2016

There was plenty of evidence at Cereals 2016 that ploughs still have a significant role to play, judging by the new and improved models that manufacturers had on display. Whether…

Sprayer technology keeps wider booms in balance

Sprayer operators who appreciate the time- and stress-saving advantages of technology will appreciate the efforts Chafer designers have gone in developing the firm’s latest Guardian and Sentry trailed machines. Isobus…

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Video: Min-till drill-off the highlight of Cereals 2018

Cereals show-goers were treated to a drill-off at this year’s event, giving them chance to see how five different low soil-disturbance systems deal with the challenge of a cover crop.…


Video: Machinery highlights from Cereals 2018

The Farmers Weekly machinery team headed to the southern site for the annual Cereals show, this year at Chrishall Grange in Cambridgeshire. Although several machinery manufacturers scaled back their stands,…


Video: Wheat yield record-holders tell us how they did it

Two world wheat yield record-holders came face-to-face in a New Zealand vs Northumberland match after Kiwi Eric Watson pipped Rod Smith’s record with a recipe of low seed rates and…


Video: Eustice hints at more consensual approach to Brexit

Defra minister George Eustice has become the latest high-ranking politician to suggest the UK will adopt a more consensual approach to Brexit. But he insisted the UK remained on course…

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