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Innovation, soil health and regenerative farming techniques will take centre stage at this year’s CropTec Show. Seminar revamp for CropTec event

Innovation, soil health and regenerative farming techniques will take centre stage at this year’s CropTec Show.

Amid a tumultuous time for agriculture, the event will examine the building blocks for a sustainable arable farming future. It will be held on 24-25 November at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.

CropTec’s seminar programme returns for 2021 – with a focus on four key technical areas of arable farming. It will include crop protection and crop nutrition, alongside a renewed focus on soil health and adopting regenerative techniques on-farm.

CropTec events manager Gareth Jones said: “Although the pandemic initially had a detrimental effect on exhibitions, it has also given the CropTec team an opportunity to breathe new life into the event.

“With this re-vamped seminar programme, brand new knowledge hubs and a diverse exhibitor list, we aim to provide growers, agronomists, business consultants and suppliers with unique insights into how to build sustainable and profitable businesses.”

This year’s seminar sessions have been designed to help growers address some of the challenges facing arable farmers and advisers as they navigate the biggest agricultural transition since the post-war era.

An exciting new development for 2021 is the introduction of a ‘Lunchtime Debate’ focused on regenerative agriculture. Techniques such as minimum tillage and the use of cover crops are being used by an increasing number of growers.

Three forward-thinking farmers farming on different soil types. They will share their first-hand experience of utilising regenerative techniques on their farms and address the question: does regenerative agriculture really stack up?

Soil health improvements are a key focus of the government’s forthcoming Sustainable Farming Incentive. During a special soil seminar, NIAB head of farming systems Elizabeth Stockdale will examine the prospects for the new scheme.

Financial support

Dr Stockdale will be joined by farmer Thomas Gent, founder of Gentle Farming. He will examine what a healthy soil system looks like and provide advice on how best to explore the new agri-environment financial support on offer.

Helping farmers to minimise their cost of production has underpinned CropTec since the show’s launch in 2013, with nitrogen fertiliser use a key consideration in the economic and environmental performance of an arable business.

This year’s crop nutrition seminar, which sees Yara return as sponsor, will look at the latest techniques to improve Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE). It will also provide an insight the value of organomineral fertilisers within crop nutrition programmes.

NFU’s senior regulatory affairs adviser Chris Hartfield and Agricultural Industries Confederation head of agronomy Hazel Doonan will shine a much-needed light on the challenges faced by growers in a new era for crop protection.

For full details, visit www.croptecshow.com.

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