With growers in the midst of a tumultuous time in British farming, this year’s CropTec Show seminar programme will examine the building blocks for a sustainable arable farming future.

Now in its ninth year, the CropTec Show will take place at the East of England Showground on November 24 and November 25.

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

Based on feedback and extensive research with farmers, 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 and sponsored by Horsch.

Chaired by Harry Farnsworth, Control Union UK sustainable agriculture projects lead, this exclusive debate will welcome 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?

Improvements to soil health are a key focus of the government’s new Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme and in this year’s CropTec soil health seminar Dr. Elizabeth Stockdale, head of farming systems at NIAB, and Thomas Gent, founder of Gentle Farming, 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.

Production costs

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) and will also provide growers with an insight into exciting new developments in organomineral fertilisers and their potential value within crop nutrition programmes and achieving net zero.

Session chair Dr. Chris Hartfield said:

This session will help to highlight the opportunities.

“The big question is: Is the government going to grasp these to create a better, more holistic and science led crop protection approach, which supports innovation, provides solutions and enables competitive agricultural production?”