The 2018 Cereals event takes place next week in Cambridgeshire. With so many exhibitors and so much going on, here are a few things you might want to look out for.
1. New-look debates and seminars
Cereals 2018 will see the Arable Conference split into two subject areas. Visitors can choose to focus on more technical issues in the Conversations marquee or join in with more politically charged debate in the Controversial area.
With so many changes and so much speculation about the potential impact of Brexit, the Controversial area is likely to prove popular. Industry leaders and politicians will be taking part in these debates and answering questions from visitors.
2. Guided tours of the Agronomy Zone
The newly defined central Agronomy Zone will sit at the heart of the event. Within this area, visitors can discover more about up-and-coming genetics, find out about the latest soil management and crop nutrition products as well as the latest crop-protection products.
Take a guided tour of the Agronomy zone to discover the best new products and services for your farm.
3. Soil Pit
Once again, soil health is a hot topic, even more so due to Michael Gove’s intention to incentivise no-till farming after Brexit. The Soil Pit shows farmers exactly what goes on beneath the ground and how to tackle key soil issues.
The soil pit doubled in size for Cereals 2017 and now stands at 20m-long by 1.5m-deep. This huge demonstration area will really help to show how cropping and mechanisation affect soil structure.
4. Cover crop drilling demo
Direct drilling will be demonstrated on 8ha sown with a variety of cover crops from Kings. Drill suppliers exhibiting at the event will include Claydon Drills, Dale Drills, Cousins of Emneth, Sim-Tec Aitchison and Ryetech Indutrial Equipment.
5. Sprays and Sprayers area
Within the Syngenta Sprays and Sprayers area, visitors can see demonstrations of over 40 of the latest sprayers on the market, including self-propelled, mounted, trailed and specialist demount sprayers. An informative commentary will accompany each demonstration.
Advice on spraying to maximise efficacy and minimise drift will also be available to visitors in this section of the show.
6. The Drone Zone
The New Technology area will showcase the latest in drone technology, among other advancements. The supersized Drone Zone flying cage will gives visitors the chance to see a huge range of drones in action. Expert commentators will be available to answer any questions you may have and can advise on how to use drone data to effectively push yield and quality forwards and optimise the use of inputs.
You may have heard of the Hands Free Hectare project. This was the first hectare in the world to plant, tend and harvest a crop using only autonomous vehicles and drones. The project will be at Cereals 2018 and is sure to be a popular attraction.
The event takes place at Chrishall Grange in Duxford, just outside Cambridge, on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June. Book your tickets for the 2018 Cereals event online, click here to purchase.