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Arable Farming magazine's November/December 2018 digital edition

Don’t miss this month’s new look Arable Farming. Take a look at the digital edition today.

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A word from the Editor

 

Here is a date for your diary – November 28-29, 2018, The CropTec Show, East of England Showground, Peterborough.

 

I feel sure as Arable Farming readers many of you will already have earmarked a day, perhaps even two, at the event and will have registered via The CropTec Show website for a free ticket. But if you haven’t already done so there is no time like the present.

 

The show, which is organised by Arable Farming’s parent company AgriBriefing, is now in its sixth year and has grown steadily in size and ambition since its launch in 2013.

 

CropTec is all about the exchange of knowledge – between farmers, agronomists, and the scientists, engineers, software designers, plant breeders, technical experts, business advisers, entrepreneurs and many, many more, who all have a stake in a thriving arable farming sector.

 

Many of the exhibitors at CropTec will be familiar names but a growing number will not. The show sets out to provide visitors with the opportunity to explore a wide range of novel science and innovative technology in an informal atmosphere – with the aim of helping growers stay abreast of the latest developments and thinking.

 

The need for new thinking has never been greater. We don’t know precisely what arable farming will look like post-Brexit but we do know those businesses that have a firm grasp on their unit cost of production, and that are proactive in exploring new ideas and approaches, will be best placed to survive and thrive. Our markets are changing, the framework of rules within which we farm is changing and the tools available to help us farm profitably are changing.

 

If proof of the latter were needed, consider that in recent weeks we have seen the loss of no less than three plant protection products in diquat, metam sodium and pymetrozine, plus Government’s rejection of an application for emergency authorisation of neonicotinoid seed treatments for use on sugar beet in 2019. Those of you with roots in the rotation will need to find new ways to grow them.

 

We provide a snapshot of what is on offer at this year’s event in this issue. Take a look at The CropTec Show preview pages for all the essential event info, a guide to just some of the technology that will be showcased at the event and, perhaps most importantly, where to find further information. We look forward to seeing you at The CropTec Show.

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