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How to manage risk, resilience and reward

May 10, 2016 by  
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Cereals 2015 - 11th June 2015

Ways of managing arable business risk, resilience and reward will be at the heart of the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds exhibit at Cereals 2016.

Unveiled at the 2015 Agronomists’ Conference, the “risk, resilience, reward” concept explores the three “Rs” from an agronomic, business and market perspective, explained Martin Grantley-Smith, the levy body’s strategy director.

“Grain price squeezes are putting many arable businesses under significant cost pressures. This test on business strength means growers are looking at innovative ways to control costs and build resilient businesses, better able to ride the wave of low prices.”

Recommend Lists tours

Popular Recommended List plot tours are back and bigger than ever, with over 150 variety plots. Established wheat and barley tours will be supplemented with an oilseed rape tour each day. The ‘Recommended’ line-up will be completed with the inclusion of daily oats’ tour.

Dr Grantley-Smith said: “Long-term trends show an increase in both oat production and consumption in the UK. With incentives for growers to diversify rotations, the oats tour and exhibit will help clarify the opportunity to grow for the oats market as part of a resilient arable business.”

Variety selection

Experts will be on hand to help growers make sense of recommended varieties suitable for their growing/market situation. A variety selection feature will also allow visitors to discuss how ‘relative risk’ can be used to select resilient varieties that perform well under variable conditions.

Such varieties can help take some of the risks out of growing crops but can lead to growers needing to make tough decisions – such as the decision to do nothing and skip a spray and bank the associated costs, says Mr Grantley-Smith.

Demonstration plots

To explain the concept of relative risk, winter wheat plots have been opened up so visitors will be able to see treated and untreated crops to demonstrate each crop’s inbuilt defences against disease and lodging.

Experts will also be on hand to discuss how disease risks can be managed before drilling and during the season, with disease ratings at the heart of the debate. Exciting plans for developing a solution to verticillium wilt, based on varietal resistance, will also be showcased.

Soil, steel and successful crops

A ‘soil, steel and successful crops’ exhibit will bring together innovations across the AHDB Monitor Farm and research programmes. This exhibit will include a Monitor Farm network debate on crop establishment methods from at 11.45am on the first day of the show.

Staff from the AHDB regional team and a number of Monitor Farm host growers will be around to discuss lessons from the initiative.Visitors should also look out for AHDB’s machinery man, Harry Henderson, who will be talking tillage.

Fungicide performance

Visitors to fungicide plots for wheat, barley and oilseed rape will be able to discuss independent trials results with leading experts. Specialists will be on hand to discuss fungicide stewardship and trials aimed at more resilient resistance management.

With the likelihood that a new mutation in UK septoria populations will have implications for SDHI efficacy, experts will illustrate the key resistance developments over the last few decades, via a series of chemistry and disease resistance walkway timelines.

Beetle battles

An update will be provided on AHDB’s programme of research to understand impacts arising from restrictions on neonicotinoid seed treatments – including the complex interactions that exist between winter oilseed rape and cabbage stem adults and larvae.

A pest exhibit will provide information on research looking to refine thresholds for treating pollen beetle, which play an essential role in pyrethroid resistance management. Experts will new guidance to help growers and farmers reassess pest control options post-chlorpyrifos.

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