Welcome to the Crop Plots sponsored by KWS

Crop plots are at the heart of Cereals! Located centrally within the event, the crop plots offer the chance to review new varieties and practices from a wide range of exhibitors.  See not only the latest in breeding but also crop protection methods and soil management techniques. KWS UK has been providing growers with innovative new varieties to meet varied end-market needs for over 25 years. They develop a wide range of oilseed rape, maize, sugar beet and cereal varieties in conjunction with the KWS group.


KWS uses a range of technologies to ensure improved consistency in crop performance to benefit all: merchant, farmer, processor and ultimately end-user customer. Higher yields, superior disease and pest resistance and improved performance in adverse conditions are all key criteria we seek to establish in our product portfolio. 




KWS Connect sessions

We're sad we won't be seeing you in the field this year. However, our KWS Connect sessions are going to be THE virtual event you won't want to miss!  We invite you to join us on either the 15th, 17th or 19th of June for a 30-minute live event where we will discuss our key varieties across wheat, barley and OSR. 




Independent Agronomy Working for you.  AICC Trials backing independent decision making.

AICC agronomists interpret their own data, make their own conclusions based on technical merit and are not influenced by product sales.  One such source of information is via the comprehensive AICC national trials programme.  2020 will focus, amongst many other areas, on looking at nitrogen fertiliser product choice,  the agronomic merit of growing BYDV resistant winter barley,  and evaluating the flexibility of fungicide programmes without the use of CTL by growing varieties with a high Septoria resistance rating, comparing existing and future chemistry as well as showing how to optimise all other inputs.



New bio-stimulant range maximises nutrient uptake while reducing nitrogen requirements

Yields and quality can be improved, profits increased, and environmental concerns addressed with a new hybrid bio-stimulant product that reduces the total nitrogen application needed on crops. Helping to short circuit the natural growth process by harnessing nitrogen in its amine form, AminoA BLAAZT also combines amino acids to create an extremely efficient means of introducing a concentrated form of nitrogen into the plant.



Unlocking the potential of your crops with bio-stimulants

AminoA products are natural bio-stimulants, obtained through enzymatic hydrolysis. Containing essential amino-acids that plants synthesise throughout their growth cycle, they can contribute positively to yield and quality if the plant is not already producing optimal levels of amino-acids itself.

The timely application of biological crop stimulants has already resulted in record-breaking yield responses and improved quality performance, by boosting root development and reducing plant stress. Backed by replicated and independent trials, AminoA FLO is an easy to use liquid natural amino acid that can be applied in stressful situations, or in anticipation of stressful situations.




At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. Our InVigor® portfolio offers exceptionally vigorous hybrid varieties, treated with Integral® Pro as standard, and covered by our Establishment Risk share programme to get your OSR crop off to the best start. Check out our video to learn more about our European oilseed rape Breeding Centre in Belgium. Discover why innovative breeding is essential to keep plants healthy, and at the forefront of what we do.





Stuart Jackson, Technical Lead for Cereal Fungicides at Corteva Agriscience, discusses Inatreq™ Active and takes us on a virtual trial tour.



DSV is a breeding company which has been operating in the UK for more than 40 years. The company breeds and sells many different agricultural crops including oilseed rape, winter wheat, barley, grasses, maize, cover crops and lupins. DSV UK is based at Wardington near Banbury where its marketing and breeding teams are situated. The company also hosts winter wheat National List trials at this site.




Elsoms is passionate about seeds and as the UK’s leading seed specialist, they are continually working to combat disease and other issues facing UK farmers. With plant breeding programmes for wheat, barley and OSR, they're able to provide UK farmers with an impressive portfolio of varieties across the arable, forage, energy and catch and cover crop sectors. 





Just Oats is a unique, innovative collaboration dedicated to oats and brings together all major players in the oat supply chain - breeders, agronomists, crop developers and oat millers.

Collaborators include - Senova, Aberystwyth University, GB Seeds and the oat millers Richardson Milling (UK), PepsiCo and Morning Foods.

The Just Oats initiative brings combined expertise to Cereals Live 2020 so that knowledge of established and emerging markets for the oat crop can be shared. Just Oats is an opportunity for growers to get the latest details on agronomic advances, variety improvements and oat product developments ahead of the new growing season. 



Welcome to the Rothamsted Research Plot

Welcome to the Rothamsted Research Plot

Will Macalpine, Knowledge Exchange Manager at Rothamsted Research gives an overview of what you can enjoy on our virtual plot with some timely observations on what our weather data recording is telling us this year.


Healthier wheat

Dr Alison Lovegrove teams up with chef Jez Beasley from the Rothamsted Restaurant to bake a healthier loaf from a newly created high fibre white flour.




Taking out Take-All

Take-all disease can decimate wheat yields. At Rothamsted Research scientists are looking at new ways to tackle the fungus, including biological control.




In-Field Automatic Counting of Wheat Spikes

Rothamsted scientists are using hi-tech imaging to automate in-field ear counting. Find out how this can help wheat growers to make fast and accurate yield estimates.


Ecostack: Harvesting combine data to tackle field edge declines

Dr Helen Metcalfe talks about the Ecostack project which is attempting to assess whether flower-rich margins, hedgerows or tree lines are helping improve yield by asking farmers to send in GPS data collected at harvest. In return for their help, the Institute will provide farmers with an easy to interpret summary of the findings, with tips on how they might increase production.


Carabid beetles for sustainable pest control

Kelly Jowett, a Rothamsted PhD student, is investigating farmer opinions about the beneficial effects of ground beetles (carabids) for crop protection. This video animation gives an overview of why and how you can encourage carabid beetles on your farm. To learn more about carabids, including a farm pitfall trap factsheet and an introduction to beetle ID, and to directly feed into Kelly’s research by taking a survey on ground beetles.




Senova is a private, independent seed marketing and crop development company with an innovative approach. We remain small and personal.

As representatives for breeders from across Europe our portfolio of varieties is diverse and includes winter and spring crops - cereals, oilseeds and pulses. Our leading varieties include Costello winter wheat, Valerie winter barley, Mascani winter oat and Vespa winter bean. 

We have made considerable inroads into specialist market sectors. Persuit of new market opportunities has been, and remains key to the business.




The NIAB stand at the Cereals Event is known for providing the latest technical advice and research in variety choice, independent agronomy, soil and rotation management, crop genetics and data science. 

The full list of exhibits planned for 2020, which will now be covered by plot-based videos, webinars, downloadable guides, topic sheets and information posters,

  • Variety demonstration plots – video footage from 32 established and candidate wheat varieties (treated and untreated), 24 winter oilseed rape varieties, and information on spring oilseed rape, linseed, peas and beans;
  • The Soil Pit – focusing on rotational choices and comparing above and below ground crop growth including linseed, naked oats, herbal leys and companion cropping;
  • Crop protection and nutrition advice including new fungicide chemistry, new strategies and a comparison of wheat fungicide options;
  • Research and information on rotations, cultivations, tillage and soil management, including a look at alternative break crops to oilseed rape;
  • Risk factors for weed control in oilseed rape and cereals – including blackgrass, rye brome and broad-leaved weeds;
  • Plant disease research and new diagnostic techniques
  • NIAB crop research; using new plant breeding tools and technologies to help shape the future of our crops, including nitrogen use efficiency. From GM to gene-editing, re-synthesis to MAGIC – our demonstration plots show how wheat breeding research, and the use of new techniques, is improving the yield, efficiency and resilience of global crop production.






Syngenta UK is a leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. Syngenta in the UK is one of the largest bases for the organisation in the world, employing over 2,000 people across departments specialising in seeds and crop protection, research and development, flowers, turf and landscape and biological control. In the UK we are working together to help to support an ever growing world population.



At Bayer, we're excited about the future and all its possibilities. Advancing health and nutrition is what we do best and care about most. Because the solutions we create will advance life tomorrow and help people and the planet to thrive. We believe we must strive for a better tomorrow so we can all live life to its full potential.




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