Arable farmers turn out in force for Cereals

Cereals arable event at Boothby Graffoe. Great Plains, Sleaford. L-R Mark Dolby - -sales office manager, James McNair - managing director. EMN-151206-165255001

Cereals arable event at Boothby Graffoe. Great Plains, Sleaford. L-R Mark Dolby - -sales office manager, James McNair - managing director. EMN-151206-165255001

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Around 24,500 visitors made the trip to Boothby Graffoe for this year’s two-day Cereals event last Wednesday and Thursday.

Despite the current squeeze on arable incomes, caused by low grain prices and relatively high operating costs, the overall mood at Cereals 2015 was buoyant.

Cereals arable event at Boothby Graffoe. Sesvanerhave sugar beet seed, Wellingore. Ian Munnery. EMN-151206-165230001

Cereals arable event at Boothby Graffoe. Sesvanerhave sugar beet seed, Wellingore. Ian Munnery. EMN-151206-165230001

The longer-term outlook for farming remains optimistic, according to event organisers, and many visitors took full advantage of the expert opinion on offer at Cereals, both technical and financial, to help put their businesses in better shape. Improvements in cultivations/soil health, better drilling techniques, integrated weed management strategies and advances in precision farming were keenly sought out.

Jon Day, events director, said: “The feedback we’ve had from visitors and exhibitors so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Cereals continues to build on its position as the leading UK arable technical event and will remain a key date for forward-looking arable growers.”

DEFRA minister George Eustice opened the event and emphasised the government’s commitment to a 25-year food and farming strategy.

Cereals arable event at Boothby Graffoe. Greenio Ltd of Sleaford. L-R Charlotte Aiken - national sales manager, Danielle Coupland - client relations manager. EMN-151206-165241001

Cereals arable event at Boothby Graffoe. Greenio Ltd of Sleaford. L-R Charlotte Aiken - national sales manager, Danielle Coupland - client relations manager. EMN-151206-165241001