Latest technology on show
Crop plots all in good shape
Workshops and seminars
Final touches are being put to this year’s Cereals event, which is due to take place on 30 June and 1 July at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire.
The rescheduled event was moved to an end of June start date to accommodate the maximum number of exhibitors and visitors. It follows confirmation of the government’s coronavirus lockdown exit strategy.
“Speaking with exhibitors and visitors, we looked at the choice of having a restricted event in early June or moving the date and potentially having no restrictions, and the majority opted for the latter,” says event organiser Alli McEntyre.
“We wanted to act quickly in making this decision to give everyone certainty so they can plan ahead. This is a really positive move for visitors, exhibitors and the event, as it will maximise the opportunities for all without lockdown restrictions in place.”
The event will retain the same format, explains Ms McEntyre. This means visitors can still expect to see a large host of exhibitors, live demonstrations and attend a full seminar programme, she adds.
“Though the government is targeting a full lifting of lockdown restrictions before the new date, we are still planning on prioritising visitor safety and will be taking all necessary precautions, while allowing visitors to enjoy the entire event experience.”
Ms McEntyre adds: “We realise the change of date may not slot into everyone’s schedule, however, moving it to a later date will allow the maximum number of visitors to get the most from the event.”
A key feature, the crop plots will present visitors with a chance to see the latest varieties from a range of breeders. This makes it important to showcase them in the best condition – although the British weather can present some challenges (see panel).
Other features will include the Syngenta Sprays & Sprayers arena, Isuzu driving course, NIAB soil pit, drainage area and drone zone. A series of demonstrations will include cover crop drilling and inter-row weeding.
“There is so much new and innovative technology available and agriculture is advancing continually; it’s important to keep abreast of it as it could revolutionise the way you run your business,” says Ms McEntyre.
Nutrition will be one key area in the spotlight as growers consider where improvements can be made. Micronutrients in particular can easily fall under the radar – and yields can suffer as a result, especially where leaching occurs.
A recent Yara survey found boron deficiency is often an issue. Some 86% of tissue samples tested in 2019 were deficient in boron – affecting the number of grains per ear, with crops unable to achieve their yield potential.