We attended Cereals 2016 on Wednesday 15th June, and it turned out to be the perfect weather for visiting the industry’s leading technical event. It was great to see such a mix of young and old, male and female farmers enjoying the day. Farmers came from all over the country to visit the event, parking in the fields full of 4x4s! Everyone at the event was so friendly and enthusiastic, and all the stallholders were keen to share their knowledge, ideas and free pens with the passers by.
The crop plots showcased different varieties, as promised, and provided me with an insight into how different drilling times affect the crops, as well as how much variation there can be within one type of crop, such as barley.
It was interesting to watch the sprayer demonstrations and find out more about how the sprayers work and what differentiates the models. There were also lots of tractors and cultivation equipment being shown off and demonstrated across the back of the event. I never realised quite how much there is to think about when choosing farming equipment!
The underlying theme of the whole event seemed to be focused on the upcoming in/out referendum, with lots of useful talks, debates and information packs floating around. There are mixed opinions amongst farmers, with a surprisingly large percentage still undecided.
The CLA lunch event sponsored by UHY was a success, with lots of familiar faces visiting us to enjoy the barbecue and networking. The whole UHY team had a great time chatting to our existing clients and some potential new ones, as well as some other business professionals with a particular interest in the farming industry.
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