More than 1,500 farmers and industry specialists are expected to descend on a Staffordshire farm when the Arable Event returns on the 15th of June.
The Arable Event is organised by Wynnstay and GrainLine and will take place on Woodlands Farm, part of the Bradford Estates in Weston Under Lizard.
It’s free to attend and will see visitors sharing knowledge and expertise, as well as extensive trial plantings and hands-on experiences with the latest farm machinery.
The trial plots, grown by Bradford Farming LLP in partnership with Syngenta, will include winter and spring cereals and cover crops, with regular tours throughout the day from Wynnstay specialists.
Other features will include a moisture meter clinic run by Sinar Technology and those attending will also be able to collect points towards BASIS and NRoSO qualifications.
This year, there will be a special focus on wellbeing in the farming community, with talks from mental health campaigners as part of the wider day. This will include a session with Jude McCann, CEO of the Farming Community Network.
Event manager Kelly Dolphin said: “The pressures of working in agriculture are clearly documented and will have been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic and issues of isolation caused by the lockdown. Protecting the emotional well-being of people working in the arable and farming sector is a key priority, which is why we are bringing this to the fore this year.
“Our speakers will talk about identifying the triggers and warning signs that someone needs help as well as discussing what support is available in the agricultural sector. These sessions, combined with our regular popular features such as the trial plots, trade stands and machinery demonstrations will provide a holistic day of activities for arable specialists.”
Farm manager Oliver Scott said: “We are delighted to welcome the Arable Event back to our site at Woodlands Farm where it is our mission to help advance the understanding of sustainable farming systems and practices.
“We are growing cereals on land that has mainly light sandy soils with little body and are showcasing seed trial plots for winter and spring crops and cover crops with Syngenta. We all look forward to sharing the results.”
The event will run from 9am to 5pm on the 15th of June, with free refreshments throughout the day, a programme and Arable Event cooler bag for visitors.
Visitors can register at www.thearableevent.co.uk. Advance registration includes fast-track entry and entry into a draw, sponsored by CF Fertilisers, with prizes including a £500 mini-break and a £150 bottle of Le Chameau.