Cereals Crop Plots – An interview with NIAB’s Kevin Middleton

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With just a few weeks to go until Cereals, we attended the Crop Plot preview day and, alongside our sister publication Farm Contractor & Large Scale Farmer, interviewed the companies exhibiting their new varieties.

NIAB will be showcasing a massive 125 crop trials, including 32 winter wheat and 16 oilseed rape varieties from the AHDB 2022/23 Recommended and Candidate Lists.

According to Kevin Middleton, marketing communications executive, varietal, cultural and chemical wheat disease management will form the basis of the stand. Plots will showcase fungicide inputs versus yield in winter wheat, as well as a comparison of cereal fungicides and, for the first time, treated and untreated variety blends.

Focus on legumes and protein crops

Mr Middleton also said there will be a focus on legumes and protein crops. “These include lupins, peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas and soya. Our demo plots at Cereals will explore research work on legume crop improvement, alongside opportunities for crop diversification.”

The Cereals Event will be held near Duxford, Cambridgeshire on 8-9 June 2022. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the relaunched website at www.cerealsevent.co.uk.

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