Growers promised bigger picture at ‘Fields of Innovation’

Fields of Innovation, Syngenta’s 2018 Vegetable Open Field Demonstration Days, will showcase new varieties for brassica and salad cropping, along with many of the company’s innovative support services and technologies set to transform vegetable growing in the future.

The event, to be held on October 10 and 11 near Surfleet, Lincolnshire, is designed to give growers and agronomists the chance to see the latest vegetable and salad variety and crop protection innovation in practice.

“With many recently introduced brassica and leafy salad varieties, along with those in the pipeline, it’s opportune to highlight what we have to offer,” said the company’s vegetable seeds commercial manager, James Gray (pictured above).

The two-day event is also geared to give visitors the chance to meet Syngenta’s variety breeders to understand more about the benefits of resistance to pest and disease pathogens.

“With the loss of TMX seed treatment, for example, growers can find out how breeders are working to protect against known problems now, as well as issues that may evolve in the future,” said Mr Gray, adding that there would also be opportunities for growers to get a taster of how their farming may look in years to come.

“Innovative new nozzle technology and techniques required to enhance application on specific brassica vegetable and salad crops at different growth stages will be on practical display, along with the opportunity to find out how drone and satellite imagery could help give a bigger picture to make proactive in-season decisions for more effective crop management.”

 

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