Cereals: The Arable Event

From Robotics to genetics; explore the future of farming    


Brand New for 2017!

From robotics to genetics, this feature delivers a unique insight into the fields of the future. With a combination of demonstrations and information boards highlighting developments that could be on-farm tomorrow and how arable farming could change in the next 10 or even 20 years.

Hands Free Hectare

Hands free hectareA world first, the ‘Hands Free Hectare’ aims to farm a spring barley crop exclusively by robots.  See the autonomous tractor and speak to the team of engineers behind the project at Cereals 2017.

To find out more about this project, click here.

Representatives will also be available on their stand to discuss this in more detail. For more information, click here.

Thorvald Agricultural Robot

ThorvaldSee the Thorvald agricultural robot, developed with scientists from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences on the AHDB stand (number 919). This is the latest piece of technology added to the facilities of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology (LIAT) and will support field trials delivered by scientists from the University of Lincoln at the University's Riseholme Campus in Lincolnshire.

The Thorvald robotic platform has been built to perform a wide variety of agricultural tasks, including deployment as a multi-purpose light weight robotic carrying platform, as a sensor platform to monitor crops and soils and, potentially, as a platform to manage crops and for precision weed control.

It can operate on uneven terrain and agile enough to navigate between rows of crops without touching plants.

See the Thorvald in action here


Could in-field resistance testing be a part of managing herbicide resistant black-grass in the future?  Step inside a laboratory at Cereals and discover just how close researchers are to developing a prototype that can do just that. 

Newcastle University will be demonstrating a prototype device that can detect glutathione transferase - a protein that is found in high concentrations in black-grass that have evolved resistance to multiple classes of herbicides.

Interested in black-grass control?  Find more information on varieties and management with the Cereals Black-Grass Knowledge Trail here.

N8 AgriFood

N8 AgriFood is an interdisciplinary research programme that combines world-leading crop and livestock research with extensive expertise in social sciences in a single research initiative.  The programme is focused on ensuring the stability and integrity of national and global agri-food supply chains in the face of environmental and socioeconomic challenges. With a new investment of £16m from the N8 Universities and HEFCE, N8 AgriFood is building on the strength in agri-food research expertise across the N8 Research Partnership to transform food security research.

At Cereals 2017 visitors will be able to see and speak to the experts behind, three projects from the N8 AgriFood group including the CoolFarmTool, an online greenhouse gas and biodiversity calculator for farmers, and a project looking at new control strategies for septoria in wheat.

Multi Tooth Tiller Roll Split Level Subsoiler Combination

Rape DrillWith ex-farm prices for OSR rising around 40% in the past year but continued pressure from pests, strong establishment is vital. Bristow may hold the key to getting this increasingly valuable crop off to a better start. 

Bristow’s new Concept Angled Disc Precision Rape Drill is designed to improve cost savings and yields and can be retro fitted to your machine.

The benefits include:


  • Deep loosening exceptionally low disturbance, Tiller Roll cultivates and closes deeper air pockets.
  • Angled Discs drilling each side of slot retains soil between them guarantees excellent seed coverage.
  • Angled discs lift soil as opposed to forming an open slot helps preserve moisture and slug damage.
  • Steel precision roll under extreme pressure seals the moisture in retained soil at point of drilling.
  • Flat pressed soil retains moisture prevents wind drying out the soil improves seed to plant percentage.
  • Flat pressed soil gives perfect seed to soil contact seed chits within two days without further rain.
  • Provides early vigour helps with flee beetle and slugs.
  • Not necessary to roll leaves a good level consolidated finish.

Find out more here

Interested in OSR? Find out more information on varieties and management with the Cereals OSR Knowledge Trail here.



ANATIS TRP Imports will be launching the ANATIS Machine. An autonomous machine that mechanically weeds and gathers information on weed populations, crop and soil health.

 The ANATIS robot works independently to maintain crops by hoeing between and within rows, and helping with decision-making through monitoring crops by acquisition and processing of key indicators such as

  •  number and types of weeds
  •  crop density
  • light levels
  • soil moisture content
  • air temperature
  • soil temperature

Data gathered by the ANATIS robot can be downloaded to a pc, smartphone or tablet. Powered by quiet-running electric motors, the laser, camera and GPS-guided prototype will be on in action on the Fields of the Future display at Cereals 2017.

See the Anatis in action here.

Find out more about TRP Imports here.

John Deere

Get connected with John Deere

Farm SightThe future of farming is here right now. A John Deere 6215R tractor equipped with the latest, state of the art FarmSight technology illustrates how new wireless and data management systems are already revolutionising precision farming. These systems will continue to play a critical part in delivering the next levels of efficiency gains required to meet the world’s growing demands for food, feed and fuel.

Dealer FarmSight packages are designed to support farmers and contractors in their decision making by connecting machines, operators, fields, advisors and other partners to help drive improvements in productivity and profitability.

Connectivity technology that is already making a difference includes the established AutoTrac and iTEC Pro automatic steering and headland turning systems; JDLink telematics with remote display access (RDA) and wireless data transfer (WDT), linked to the Operations Centre on the MyJohnDeere.com website portal; and new MyJobConnect and MyJobsManager apps, which enable drivers to view and carry out tasks in real time via their mobile device. John Deere is also the first full-line agricultural manufacturer to introduce a navigation and logistics optimisation system specially designed for farm use.

Find out how you can benefit from this advanced technology here and on the John Deere stand (116).




IAGRE logoThe Institute of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) will also feature in the Fields of the Future area.

The Institution of Agricultural Engineers is the professional membership body for Engineers, Scientists, Technologists and Managers working in agriculture and the environment, agri-technology and allied landbased industries.  We promote professionalism with our members through professional qualifications with the Engineering Council or the Society for the Environment.  Visit our stand to find out more information about what we do, the different grades of membership we offer and how to join.

SIMA Innovation Awards

Renowned for unveiling tomorrow’s developments, the SIMA Innovation Awards reveal the sector’s underlying trends and the solutions that are emerging.  See the technology that caught the judges eye at this year’s Cereals event.


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