The CropTec Show’s overriding theme of promoting technical excellence to help farmers drive down their unit costs of production will be at the fore of the event’s seminar programme this year.
The programme covers four key areas: crop establishment, crop nutrition, crop protection and crop breeding, examining some of the most important and promising science, research and technology that will help growers remain profitable in the years ahead.
Soil health, novel nutrients and biostimulants, crop protection post Brexit, biological control of diseases and pests, pest and weed resistance and designing future wheats are just some of the key topics to be highlighted.
New for this year is a panel session including four well-known growers who will discuss different approaches to crop establishment, against the background of the past, very difficult season.
CropTec Show development director Stephen Howe says: “This past year highlights the increasingly unpredictability of the seasons and the challenges we all face in achieving those all-important yields and quality, to help us compete effectively in today’s dynamic global market.
“If that’s not difficult enough, UK farmers are also competing with increasing environmental constraints, political uncertainties at home and abroad and the big unknown that is Brexit.
“CropTec 2018, with the main seminar programme at its heart, will provide the ideal platform to help the arable sector plan for a secure long-term future, whatever our climate or politicians throw at them.”
Elisabeth Mork-Eidem, group events director for CropTec Show’s parent company AgriBriefing, adds: “CropTec is welcoming, compelling and at a time of year that’s become appealing to the large number of farmers and advisers who attend.
“Targeted at people who are technically inquisitive, we hope that the developments for this year’s event will strike a chord.
What’s on offer at CropTec Show 2018
Seminar programme: Each of The CropTec Show’s extensively researched seminar sessions brings together practical know-how; science, research and new technology designed to help growers remain profitable.
Exhibition: More than 170 companies, covering a wide range of business advice, new tech, agronomy know-how and tools will be at CropTec Show 2018 and will be based in the main halls at the East of England Showground.
Knowledge hubs: The hubs are a growing component of the show programme; there will be five specialist hubs at this year’s event: biosolutions, black-grass, spraying technology, cereal diseases, OSR establishment
Soil compaction area: Visitors to The CropTec Show will have the opportunity to see demonstrations in the soil compaction area to illustrate the challenges posed by soil compaction, together with advice on how to minimise it.
This new area will highlight new technology available in tyres, featuring demonstrations from Michelin. Sandbeds will highlight the differences in ground contact, footprint and soil compaction based on different tyre patterns and pressures.
Michelin will also be showcasing its brand new Roadbib Tyre, specifically developed for tractors that spend more time on the road, than in the field.
Sprayer demonstration: The CropTec Show’s sprayer demonstration area gives visitors an exclusive opportunity to test drive and experience on a one-to-one basis the latest sprayers in the market from leading manufacturers.
The sprayer demonstration area was rated as excellent by 80% of visitors last year. The sprayer demonstration area gives visitors first-hand experience of the machines, dedicated time with an expert and a place to compare the most up-to-date innovations and technology in the market.
Simply visit each of the manufacturer’s stands in the exhibition hall to arrange a test drive.
What’s new at CropTec 2018?
Discussion panel in the crop establishment seminar
New for this year, part of the crop establishment seminar will take on a brand new format, where three prominent farmers will take to the stage to discuss what they would do differently this year in their crop establishment plans.
This will give a farmer’s view on real-life situations, covering different soil types, and offer take-home ideas to implement on-farm.
New exhibitors in the exhibition hall
More than 170 companies and organisations, covering a wide range of business advice, new tech, agronomy know-how and tools will be based in the main halls at the East of England Showground.
Exciting new exhibitors this year include ADAS, Agri-Tech East, Fera Science, Hummingbird Technologies, Rothamsted Research, Small Robot Company and many more.
Spraying technology hub
The spraying technology hub, sponsored by Syngenta, will bring farmers and operators up-to-speed with the latest developments in spraying technology, and insights on how they can be best used in practice.
Visitors will also be able to immerse themselves in a dramatic 360-degree virtual reality experience of pre-emergence spray application and see how their actions can achieve better black-grass control.
Cereal Diseases Hub
The Cereal Diseases Hub, sponsored by Adama Agricultural Solutions, will provide visitors with the latest thoughts and advice on how to control and protect against key cereal diseases including septoria and rusts in wheat, and ramularia and net blotch in barley.
When: Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29
Where: East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE
Opening hours: 8.30am-4.30pm both days
Tickets: Book in advance to obtain free entry to CropTec Show. Entry on the day costs £15. Tickets include free parking and a show guide.
More information: To book tickets and for more information visit www.croptecshow.com
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