Farmers and agronomists from across the west of the UK came together on Wednesday 21st June for the fourth annual Arable Event.
The event was hosted by Harnage Estates, on Woodlands Farm near Weston Park. One of the main attractions was the extensive varietal trial plots, containing 53 varieties spanning winter wheat, winter barley, hybrid barley, oats, triticale and hybrid rye.
KWS varieties KWS Zyatt and KWS Siskin and the new variety from Syngenta, Shabras, were just a few of the highlights for farmers to see, showcasing the latest in arable genetic innovations.
Visitors were guided through the plots by Wynnstay, Syngenta and Elsoms seed specialists, who talked through which varieties to look out for this coming season, as well as which are best suited for growers in the western region.
The plots also provided an opportunity for farmers and agronomists to see the difference between treated and non-treated varieties, with the experts on-hand to offer advice on disease resistance and suitability for various rotations and on-farm situations.
Other highlights of the event included the soil trench, which was used to demonstrate the impact of soil erosion. This was supported by talks throughout the day from Mark Tripney, agronomy advisor for Calcifert.
Farmers were also invited to bring along their soil samples to Wynnstay’s fertiliser stand, for a free pH test with specialist advice and analysis of the results.
Among the host of trade stands, visitors could watch demonstrations of the latest in precision drilling machinery, with five companies presenting the benefits of the different machines on display.
This year also saw the return of the speakers’ tent, where Peter Fane, principle consultant of Eurinco, and Simon Ward, from InsideTrack, debated how Brexit may affect the agricultural industry in the next few years. The underling take home message from the speakers was of the importance of getting a secure and well thought out plan in place over the next 18 months.