Cereals: The Arable Event

  • Cereals Challenge goes virtual

    25-Mar-2017 by: Niamh Tye Hutchinsons

    For the first time in its eight-year history, this year’s Cereals Challenge has gone virtual - eight teams from Universities and Colleges from across England will compete to grow the best virtual crop of spring barley.

  • A novel way of looking at disease and weeds in plots will be one of the highlights of the Bayer stand (635) at Cereals 2017.


    Instead of just parting the crop to see disease levels, the firm is digging a trench through the treated and untreated wheat plots so visitors can look more closely at disease levels on the various leaf layers, says Will Charlton, Bayer Campaign Manager for Cereal Fungicides.

  • An increase in grain price of around 40% in the last year has put oilseed rape firmly on the map for autumn 2017. However, with the same pest and disease pressures as those that struck in 2016, variety decision making is more important than ever.


    On display at Cereals this year will be Bayer’s latest hybrids, InVigor 1035 (InV1035) and InVigor 1010 (InV1010). As Sarah Middleton, Bayer’s Seeds and Traits Campaign Manager, explains, these two varieties are well placed to tackle the current challenges of growing OSR:


    “It is widely accepted now that seed yield isn’t the most important factor when it comes to variety decision making. What is important is ensuring that the crop reaches harvest in the best possible condition, and this comes down to tailoring agronomy to on-farm conditions – something that the InVigor portfolio is well placed to do."

  • The ‘Hands Free Hectare’ project, which will see a crop exclusively farmed by robots for the first time in the world, is well under-way. The team have selected the key machinery required to reach their goal and made their tractor autonomous.

  • Fully automatic crop cooling, wireless monitoring from anywhere in the world and the ability to cut down energy bills by up to 40%, puts Barn Owl Wireless at the top of every farmer’s wish list. Designed with precision and efficiency in mind, Barn Owl Wireless can significantly reduce the time taken to cool grain and reduce the energy cost of store management, whilst ensuring that stored crops remain in optimum condition. Installed in flat floor stores, drying floors, silo or bin complexes, the system has also been installed in potato stores and been used in compost production and woodchip storage.

  • CLA Rural Business ‘Champion’ Award winners Landmark Systems is demonstrating Geofolia, a simple time-saving crop recording solution for farmers, for the first time at Cereals (14/15 June).  This year the UK’s leading technical event is at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire.  

  • Helping farmers get more out of their land today… and tomorrow

    • An all new premium agricultural tyre designed for combine harvesters
    • Even at low inflation pressure offers high load capacity with maximum soil protection

    • Delivers fast, reliable and efficient operation

    • Patented technologies to boost traction and minimise soil disturbance

    • Available in sizes for a wide variety of harvester types

    Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre and rubber manufacturer, has expanded its range of high-performance, premium agricultural tyres with the launch of the all-new VT-COMBINE tyre. Designed specifically for Cyclic Field Operations (CFO), with Improved Flexion (IF), VT-COMBINE offers 20% more load compared with conventional standard tyres (ETRTO standards). This innovative new tyre gives farmers additional speed during CFO, 15 km/h instead of the 10km/h for conventional tyres, resulting in efficient use of time during the most critical period of the farming cycle. With its high load capacities, excellent traction thanks to the new patented involute lug design, durability, comfort and lower soil compaction, the VT-COMBINE helps farmers boost their productivity while protecting their most valuable resource: their fertile topsoil.



  • Drone technology is becoming increasingly widespread in the farming sector, but it can be hard to keep up with new developments – or even get started in the first place.

    Whether you’re new to drones or looking to upgrade to the latest equipment, a day at the Cereals Event will provide everything you need to know. This year its Drone Zone is bigger and better than ever, with an on-site flying cage for short flights and demonstrations, and a nearby arable field for longer flights, complete with a large screen to display data being collated and how it can be used.

  • Farm491, a high-tech, modern, cutting-edge enterprise hub at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) promoting agritech innovation has launched, with access to its office space now available.


  • Drone AG, a drone-assisted precision agriculture firm, announce a new partnership with South African data analytics company Aerobotics, to provide weather-proof agricultural drone systems and a unique support service, alongside powerful cloud-based farm management software.

    On 1st March 2017, Drone AG launched a new enterprise-level drone sales and software programme for UK agronomists and agribusinesses. A recently developed quad-copter, named ‘Storm Agri Pro’, will be the focus of sales, being rain-proof, wind resilient, robust and carrying the latest sensors for agricultural remote sensing activities. To compliment the new hardware, data processing will be handled by software partner, Aerobotics, through their cloud-based platform, AeroView. 

  • Weighing solutions

    01-Mar-2017 by: Griffith Elder Griffith Elder & Co

    New Demonstration area for Griffith Elder products

  • Drones are already being used in agriculture to monitor and map fields and crops, but at Harper Adams University research is underway to look into the viability of using drones to complete tasks in the field, such as seeding and spraying.


    The research is being carried out by the university’s Engineering Research team who are focusing on the practicality of using drones as a Precision Farming implement.

  • Arable farmers could maximise returns by including specialist crops in their rotations – and they can find out how at the Cereals Event 2017.

    As pressure to diversify and increase profits mounts, this year’s Cereals event (14-15 June) will see the addition of the brand new SpecialistCrop Zone. “We want to provide visitors with something a little extra this year,” says event marketing manager, Natalie Reed. “With high input prices and volatile grain prices, farmers’ margins are being squeezed. Crop diversification which provides added value but is still practical has never been more relevant.”

  • A research project at Harper Adams University looking at increasing the yields of a special type of barley is producing promising results.

    Naked barley was an important crop in the Bronze Age, but since then has almost been forgotten in the UK. The varieties of naked barley adapted to the British climate have long since been lost, and those from further afield perform poorly in wetter cooler summers, but its health benefits are so great that a research project is underway to produce a variety that is more versatile.

  • A precision agriculture goes along with modern tools, adapted to the most common uses but also, more and more, with a limited costs directed development and the respect of environment.
    While reducing spacing of the injectors to 37,5 cm (previously 40 cm), this results a more homogeneous slurry spreading  without increasing the spread quantities.

  • new hydraulic extensions on Drakkar

    22-Feb-2017 by: Gordon Hardy Joskin SA

    The Drakkar range is highly successful also thanks to the development of the 150 cm high bodies.  These models have been designed to reduce the loading height (for potatoes, vegetables, manure, etc.). It means that the standard volume is of course reduced.


  • Haymarket Media Group today announces that its Cereals and Fruit Focus exhibitions are to be run in a joint venture partnership with Comexposium, one of the world’s leading food and farming event organisers.
  • At Harper Adams University the ‘Hands Free Hectare’ (HFH) project, which will see a crop exclusively farmed by robots for the first time in the world, is well under-way, with the team having already selected the key machinery required to reach their goal.

    The team of three engineers aims to grow and harvest a hectare of spring barley without setting foot into the field. Since the project launch in October, the team have been busy determining the specifications for the equipment, along with purchasing.

  • Soil health is becoming increasingly important to farmers, affecting crop vigour and yields, bio-diversity, and profitability. But it’s not often that arable producers get below ground level to really see what’s going on, which is why Cereals 2017 is enabling them to do just that.
  • Cereals is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and is set to offer visitors more technology and practical knowledge than ever before, demonstrating that farming is very much thriving in the UK.

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