Cereals 2019: Show must go on despite torrential rain

Despite heavy rain over the last few days, the second day of Europe’s leading technical event for arable growers got underway today.

Organisers issued a warning on Wednesday morning that rain had come in heavier and faster than forecasted on an already saturated event site.

A total of 42mm was recorded to have fallen on the site on Tuesday night.

But despite the softer than ideal ground conditions, the two-day event in Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire carried on.

Cereals 2019

Highlights this year included the latest in spraying and precision technology, working demonstrations, direct drilling exhibitions, soil pit talks, and a living museum of heritage wheat varieties.

The display at the NIAB stand allowed visitors to walk through the last 100 years of cereal crops, showcasing 100 years of the institute’s impact on plant breeding, seed testing and research with plots.

The organisation even ran a special award ceremony announcing the most influential variety of the last century, with Robigus named the winner.

This year’s event also includes a range of seminars, debates, presentations, and question and answer sessions offering an expert-led insight on the issues on arable farmers’ minds.

AHDB Cereals Controversial will explore Brexit’s impact on UK farm businesses and as well as the ways farmers can prepare to lessen the impact on their businesses.

The body will use the targetted sessions to summarise the advice most relevant to arable farmers and attendees will also hear from key decisionmakers involved in regulating the changes.

This year’s topics are set to include:

  • What will be the overarching impact of a no-deal Brexit on UK agriculture?
  • When will the industry start to feel the impact?
  • What are the short-term and potential long-term implications for UK farming?
  • What sectors in agriculture are likely to be affected more by a no-deal Brexit, and why?
  • What will happen to food prices as a result of a no-deal Brexit?
  • How will a no-deal Brexit impact agri-food exports or trade with the EU and non-EU markets?
  • How can farmers overcome the challenges of a no-deal Brexit?
  • How can AHDB help farmers get through this and how effectively can the impact of no-deal Brexit be managed?
  • What has the Government done to safeguard the interests of UK agriculture?

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