29 May 1998


Cereals 98 is packed with useful information to help

you run your business more successfully. Here we

provide a quick taster of the key features

The Arable Farming Event

A 3ha (7.4 acres) feature managed by Velcourt showing new and emerging technologies in the cereal and oilseed industry including a host of HGCA-funded "research in action" projects.

&#8226 Wheat, barley and oilseed rape varieties managed for optimum yield with new technology.

&#8226 A look at oilseed rape hybrid technology including transgenic varieties and three-way hybrids.

&#8226 New wheat fungicides on the market – how do they perform in season-long programmes.

&#8226 New seed treatments including take all, broad spectrum disease, aphid and soil pest control.

&#8226 HGCA Research in Action – oilseed rape:

– canopy management

– a pigeon deterrent

– sclerotinia prediction

&#8226 HGCA Research in Action:

– wheat

– an in-field blackgrass resistance test

– a pre-harvest bread-making quality test

– seed rate

– spraying systems near to watercourses

– disease diagnostics for septoria and stem base diseases

– new fungicide chemistry

Decision with Precision

A focus on making precise agronomic decisions.

&#8226 Nitrogen management – a look at the aids for managing nitrogen including prediction using the SUNDIAL model and canopy management

&#8226 Fungicides – a comparison of different programmes shows the valus of timing applications

&#8226 Farming on the edge – the latest thoughts on farming field edges

MAFF and HGCA funded work is presented by ADAS, IACR Rothamsted, Silsoe Research Institute and CSL.

"Cost of a tonne"

An appraisal of the precise costs of production. RASE and Deloitte & Touche identify the areas to reduce costs and improve profits.

Improving Crop Performance

Morley Research Centre and John Innes Centre work together to compare the effects of genetics and agronomy on crop growth and behaviour. Also new developments in pea genetics.

"The root of the matter"

A "hole in the ground" demonstration shows how soil profile, physical characteristics and drainage affect root growth in wheat.

Pulses for Premium Markets

Twenty-four varieties of winter and spring peas and spring beans on show – all of which can be sold for a premium above animal feed values.

PGRO and BEPA emphasise that cropping flexibility can be linked with production for premium markets.

Varieties for the Marketplace

The focus is on managing for quality.

The Institute of Brewing sets out the range of options available in malting barley production with approved and up-and-coming varieties for winter and spring.

NABIM takes a look at the milling market, show the varieties available and offer advice on storage and transport to maintain premiums.

Farmer Groups

Local farmers use their agronomy and budgeting skills to produce a wheat crop which meets market requirements and makes a profit in this Lloyds Bank sponsored challenge.


Over 130 recommended varieties on show:

Winter wheat, winter barley,

winter rape, spring peas, winter linseed, spring barley, spring rape.

Farm Business Management Centre

Clay, loam and brash soils – how are these model farms faring financially? Target figures are there for you to compare your business.

&#8226 Agenda 2000 – the options available to you and how it will affect your farm business

&#8226 Farm business tenancy vs contract farming vs joint venture agreements – how to choose the best option for you and a comparison of the financial implications of each and their effects on farm resources.

Experts from Andersons, the farm business consultants, are on hand to offer advice.


Financial services, consultants, business advice and the latest computer developments from the leaders in their field.

Farm Assurance

The Assured Combinable Crops Scheme has a rolling programme of seminars highlighting what the process of verification is about, what the verifiers are looking for, the most regularly recorded reasons for non-compliance and the easy solutions.

Machinery Showcase

The most comprehensive annual exhibition of arable equipment to take you from stubble to stubble. Machinery for:

&#8226 Cultivation

&#8226 Establishment

&#8226 Crop protection

&#8226 Fertilising

&#8226 Harvest

Working demonstrations on nearly 8ha (20 acres).

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