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Global prospects under scrutiny for cereal and oilseed markets

May 1, 2019 by  
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Final preparations are in full swing for next month’s Cereals event – due to take place on 12-13 June at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire.

Crop plots at Cereals will give visitors the chance to review the latest varieties from breeders, and consider crop protection, nutrition and agronomy options up close before making decisions for 2019/2020 cropping.

Exhibitors will showcase the latest research and application in practice, through growing exhibits and live demonstrations. Static displays will include the opportunity to discuss issues in detail with industry experts.

As well as focusing on combinable crops, this year’s event aims to help ensure visitors are up to date when it comes to changing farm policy, investment opportunities, finance options – and their general business strategy.

Preparing for change will be a hot topic at the two-day event – with a range of expert speakers examining domestic and global prospects for combinable crops from a UK perspective.

The AHDB will be at the heart of the show’s Agronomy Zone and will play a full role in supporting the development of the popular seminar programmes and provide industry expertise on relevant and topical subjects.

The Cereals AHDB Theatre programme includes a morning discussion called Preparing for Change – What’s on the horizon? Held on the first day of the show, it will include insights from UK and international analysts.

An outlook for the global arable industry over the next five years will be presented by Andree Defois, managing editor of Stratégie Grains and president of the agri-economic research and analysis bureau Tallage.

Specialising in European and world markets, Tallage has a particular focus on the markets for grains, oilseeds and plant proteins. It also tracks and analyses the agricultural by-product markets for animal feeds and biofuels.

An afternoon session moderated by AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds strategy director Martin Grantley-Smith will examine ways of increasing on-farm productivity and benchmarking farm business performance.

Mr Grantley-Smith said: “The Cereals 2019 event provides a great opportunity for all parts of the industry to get involved in discussions that are critical to our future. This year’s seminars cover the key topics – be they political, technical or marketing.”

Speakers in the afternoon will include AHDB knowledge exchange director Susannah Bolton; Barclays national strategy director Oliver McEntyre; and Elizabeth Warham, chief operating officer for Agri-Tech at the Department for International Trade.

Market outlook

A global grain market forecast and domestic market outlook – including area and production scenarios for 2019/20 – will be presented by Amy Reynolds, agricultural economist at the International Grains Council.

This keynote presentation will be followed by a panel examining business resilience. Moderated by AHDB head of market intelligence Phil Bicknell, it will seek to answer questions around the UK government’s stance on global grain markets.

Integrated pest management will be the subject of a panel session with NFU adviser Emma Hamer, ADAS crop protection director Neil Paveley, AHDB head of crop protection Jon Knight and Association of Independent Crop Consultants chairman Sean Sparling.