Brand New in 2017!
As pressure to diversify and increase profits mounts, discover how specialist crops can provide agronomic traits to benefit arable rotations and add value at this year’s Cereals event with the addition of a brand-new Specialist Crop Zone.
From linseed and canary grass to red wheat and naked oats, Premium Crops will showcase their full range of added value crops with demonstration plots of the different varieties available and discuss how they can contribute to pests and weed challenges, as well as, boost farm margins.
Among the selection will be High Erucic Acid Rapeseed, which offers a £35/t premium over conventional rapeseed and linseed, known for its ability to tackle blackgrass and minimise slug populations.
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The British Quinoa Company
Like other specialist crops, demand for quinoa has soared. It’s nutritious properties and health benefits meet consumers increasing health-conscious demands.
The British Quinoa Company has the UK license to quinoa varieties bred specifically for the cool European climate. Over the past ten years the organisation has conducted field trials, developing the agronomic knowledge to successfully increase production from 20 tonnes in 2013 to close to 700 in 2015. Its own brand retail packs, as well as a contract with Pret a Manager is stimulating demand and developing the market for this specialist crop.
Visit The British Quinoa Company in the Specialist Crop Zone (stand number 910A) and find out why quinoa is a great break crop.
Harper Adams University
With comparatively low input costs for growers, easier processing for food manufacturers and numerous health benefits for consumers, naked barley is an exciting potential ‘new’ specialist crop.
Harper Adams University’s Dr Edward Dickin has been researching the benefits of this specialist crop. Naked barley grains thrash freely from the hull, the whole grain can be used without processing, it carries the beta glucan soluble fibre known for controlling cholesterol and has a low glycemic index meaning it can help with type 2 diabetes.