21 Jun 2011 16:05
On 15 – 16 June over 26,900 visitors poured through the gates of Cereals 2011 in Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire, keen to talk to over 470 exhibitors covering all aspects of the arable farming industry. Both visitor and exhibitor numbers were in excess of expectations and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Many thanks to all the team who helped make this year’s Cereals Event such a massive success.
The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Jim Paice spent the whole of the first day at Cereals being interviewed by press and talking to exhibitors and visitors. His presence reflected the increasing importance of farming in British politics and generated huge amounts of positive PR.
The Arable Conference attracted a packed crowd with standing room only as four sessions over the two days debated CAP reform and New Technology on Farm.
Hundreds of cereal, oilseed and root crop varieties were on show with the latest additions to the various Recommended Lists drawing the crowds. More crop plots demonstrated the latest crop management innovations and science including the latest blackgrass weed control techniques and novel SDHI fungicides. Visitors also had the chance to find out about the HGCA’s new research plans for the next three years, identifying where levy-payers’ money would be best spent.
Stands offering the latest farming equipment included JCB who launched two flagship Fastrac 8000 tractor models, and Fendt’s compact but powerful 700 range made its debut. Both Simba Great Plains’ new Centurion drill, available in 4m or 6m widths and Mzuri’s Pro-Til strip tillage drill, available in 3m or 4m versions, attracted plenty of interest, as did Kuhn’s new CSC 6m 6000 power harrow/drill combination.
All in all Cereals 2011 was a great success and we look forward to 2012.