Science on show at Cereals 2015

A scene from Cereals 2014 at Duxford

A scene from Cereals 2014 at Duxford - Credit: Archant

A wealth of new science and agronomy will be on show at Cereals 2015, offering visitors an opportunity to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the arable sector.

A scene from Cereals 2014 at Duxford

A scene from Cereals 2014 at Duxford - Credit: Archant

Nearly 500 leading suppliers are already preparing to keep visitors up to date with the very latest products, advice and information at Cereals, which takes place at Boothby Graffoe, near Lincoln, on June 10 and 11, and brings together over 25,000 professional farmers and industry experts.

The latest chapter in the 50-year history of crop levy payers’ organisation the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA), the cereals and oilseeds division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, will open at Cereals 2015, where it is exhibiting in its new guise as AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds.

The Golden Jubilee stand features established favourites, including the Recommended Lists plot tours and a host of independent experts, and will examine initiatives designed to secure a sustainable and profitable future for cereals and oilseeds businesses.

Research organisation NIAB TAG’s stand includes latest independent advice and research on plant breeding, varieties, crop agronomy, soils and plant innovation.

It will be showcasing different types of cover crops, along with benefits, selection and management.

The cover crops exhibit is part of NIAB TAG’s ‘Farming in 2020’ theme, addressing issues such as pesticide resistance, yield plateau, loss of chemistry, new disease races, changes in EU legislation and climate change.

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Crop protection firm Bayer CropScience’s new-look stand gives growers the opportunity to talk through their toughest agronomic challenges for wheat, barley, oilseed rape and root crops.

In wheat, there is a focus on how non-chemical cultural control can help to get blackgrass populations and disease pressure down to manageable levels.

In oilseed rape, following the loss of neonicotinoid insecticide treatments, the focus is on control of pests such as cabbage stem flea beetle and aphids carrying turnip yellows.

Hybrid varieties, the role of spring barley in the rotation and various tools and services developed by Bayer CropScience are also being demonstrated.

Pest management firm Dow AgroSciences is previewing a new herbicide active ingredient, which is nearing the market, and which will further improve the ability for UK agriculture to increase yield, according to the company.

Dow’s herbicide experts are on hand to talk through the options in cereals and oilseed crops, including Starane Hi-Load, launched earlier this year.

Plant breeder Syngenta is demonstrating a new seed treatment undergoing UK development that harnesses new-generation fungicide technology.

Visitors will be able to get up close to cutting edge technology and agronomy on farm management firm Velcourt’s stand. A key feature will be commercialisation of new technologies, an exhibit of its research and development into overseas technology and its use on their UK farms.

It will feature five new varieties of Israeli spring wheat, Mychorrizal fungi as a yield enhancer and two new product offerings from plant nutrient specialist Verdesian.

It will also be offering an insight into its three-year project looking at the deployment of drones within its farms to detect, identify and quantify disease.

Research organisation Rothamsted Research will be at Cereals together with the John Innes Centre presenting developments in strategic research funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and others.

Work investigating the competitiveness of wheat cultivars to help growers get more from their weed control strategies will be on display.

Using Genetic Modification (GM) to produce a sustainable source of omega-3 fish oil in the oilseed crop Camelina sativa is another area of work being highlighted, but there will be no GM plants in the exhibit.

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