Thousands expected to flock to Cereals 2012 event

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ONE of the biggest events in the agricultural calendar returns to Lincolnshire this summer.

Cereals 2012 will be taking place at Boothby Graffoe on Wednesday and Thursday, June 13 and 14 and is set to be an even bigger draw than last year, when a record 27,000 visitors attended.

A spokesman for the event said: “Grain prices may not be quite as high as last year but they remain strong, helped in no short measure by the lack of rainfall in the UK and across Europe.

“However, coaxing more yield from crops to make the most of those prices in this drier environment whilst controlling costs is a real challenge. And it is something that more UK growers may have to face if these long drought spells become more common.

“Whether you are looking for the latest varieties, the most up-to-date advice on blackgrass control or how to minimise establishment costs, the answers will all be found at Cereals 2012.”

Over 470 exhibitors will be attending this year’s Cereals event, being held on a 64ha site, mostly owned by host farmer Patrick Dean.

New attractions include a careers initiative where several exhibitors will outline prospects for new entrants in their sectors to help attract new blood into the industry.

HSBC Bank returns as principal sponsor for the ninth year, with their head of agriculture Allan Wilkinson sayiing: “Agriculture and the food chain are vitally important sectors to the bank.

“Cereal crops have probably the greatest impact of any part of the industry either as an income stream, or as a key input in the livestock sector, which uses 50 per cent of all cereals produced here.”

Tickets for Cereals 2012 cost £22 each (£18 for students) and are available at

For further information on Cereals 2012 go to