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Cereals 2011 Round Up

16 June 2011

UK - Cereals 2011 kicked off in Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire yesterday with over 64 hectares of stands and live demonstrations.

Cereals is the kay date on the calendar for everyone involved in arable farming and this years event promised to be bigger and better than ever with over 450 leading suppliers attending.

The two day event started bright and early at 8 o clock and attendants were treated to a whole host of exhibitions including crop plots, working cultivations, sprays and sprayers, post-harvest technology, renewables plus lots more.

The annual event - organised by Haymarket Exhibitions - featured a host of conferences and debates looking at key issues, such as CAP reform, how new technology may - or may not - benefit farming and updates on the Crop Protection Associations activities.

A running theme throughout the arable conferences was the recent change in global climate and the impact this is having on farmers.

Panellists at the CAP Reform and Market Volatility Conference included NFU president Peter Kendall, Cereals host farmer David Knott, Velcourt's managing director James Townshend and agricultural story editor Graham Harvey.

Chairman of the 2012 Oxford Farming conference Cedric Porter led the discussion on new technology on the farm. "The Oxford Farming conference sees the Arable Conference as an important extension of it's main conference in January, allowing arable sector specific debate in informal surroundings," said Mr Porter.

As well as heated discussion there was also a whole host of machinery available at Cereals for those looking to reinvest. Over 70 exhibitors were on site including most leading manufacturers alongside a host of specialist firms.

The renewables area at Cereals continued to grow this year as farmer interest in the sector gathers pace. This year saw more than 30 different companies offering advice across a wide range of renewable energy generation and supply opportunities.

Crop plots once again took centre stage as 90 plots were used to illustrate the messages of more than 30 companies. Hundreds of the latest Recommended List and pipeline cereal, oilseed rape and pusle varieties were on show alongside new varieties better suited to end markets and novel genetics, which could produce the more reliable crop varieties of tomorrow.

More than 40 exhibitors turned out for post-harvest technology, showing the best ways to keep crops in top condition once in the barn. Grain dryers, cleaners, bins, conveyors, elevators and monitoring equipment were all on show, as well as a fully kitted out grain store.

There were sprayer configurations aplenty as the Syngenta Sprays and Sprayers Arena hosted 50 machines, with demonstrations throughout the day. Continuing today the self-propelled, mounted and trailed sprayers took their turn in the ring, ranging from 1,500 litre 24m units costing under £20,000 to leviathans with 36m booms capable of carrying up to 8,000 litres of spray solution and costing almost 10 times as much. Expert running commentary provided entertainment for spectators as the sprayers showed off their ability.

Kicking off the event today was the Farmers Club networking breakfast, which provided an insight into the key issues facing the milling wheat sector.

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