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The November issue has gained particular significance for the Arable Farming team since our parent company AgriBriefing launched the CropTec Show back in 2013, as it is in this issue we publish our main preview of the event.
We’ve gathered together 22 pages of essential event information, news, views and insights ahead of this year’s show, which takes place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, on November 27-28; we hope it gives a flavour of what will be on offer over the two days of the show. For those of you who have yet to pay a visit to CropTec, I would urge you to make 2019 the year you do so. CropTec was launched with a focus on knowledge exchange to help growers reduce the cost of production in their businesses and, in these challenging times, that ethos is more apposite than ever.
Given the CropTec Show’s focus on technology we couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of agritech in our content for the rest of this issue. We kicked off by talking to Cambridgeshire-based fresh produce business G’s Growers (see p46) which is recognised as being at the forefront of on-farm technology development and adoption in the UK. For G’s, agritech is paving the way to more sustainable production.
It is a relatively short hop from the Fens to Clapham, where we went underground to find out more about so-called vertical farming. We probably won’t be growing wheat in controlled-environment, LED-powered stacks any time soon, but there are interesting developments taking place which may open up opportunities for farm businesses going forward. Our next stop was space and advances in satellite technology set to deliver a better view of your farm. But while these are exciting times for those with an interest in technology, there is also a need to question its relevance on-farm; we talk to one agronomist who raises some interesting questions around compatibility, flexibility and convenience. There is so much more in this issue that I would like to highlight here and sadly don’t have the space. As our machinery editor, James Rickard, a man known for his plain talking, commented: “It’s an issue to sit down with a brew with.”
I couldn’t agree more. We look forward to seeing you at the CropTec Show.