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Future of farming in post-Brexit spotlight

May 31, 2018 by  
Filed under News & Business

The post-Brexit landscape for agriculture will be the focus of a keynote speech at this month’s Arable Event – held on 20 June at Weston-under-Lizard, Staffordshire.

Prospects for UK agriculture will be discussed by Mark Berrisford-Smith, head of economics for commercial banking at HSBC UK. The speech – which will be followed by a question and answer session – will focus on the impact leaving the European Union will have on farmers.

Now in its fifth year, more than 1,200 visitors are expected to attend the free day-long event hosted by Wynnstay and GrainLink. Organiser Kelly Dolphin said: “The industry is still uncertain as to what effect our departure from Europe in March 2019 will have.

“Mark’s talk will give our visitors an up to date snapshot of the state of the UK economy and what that means in relation to agriculture. He’ll also look ahead to what a post Brexit economic landscape might look like which will be important for those people who run agricultural businesses.”

Focus on spraying

This year’s Arable Event has a major focus on spraying technology, with working demonstrations of some of the newest equipment available. Meanwhile, Farmplan cropping software specialist Charley White will explain how farmers can improve data management.

Sprayers at the event will include a self-propelled Fendt Rogator 600 (from RVW Pugh), John Deere R4050i (Rea Valley Tractors) and the latest Househam machines (Edwards and Farmer). Battlefield Machinery is bringing the Vicon iXtrack T3 trailed sprayer.

Trial plots

The demo spraying will take place on the extensive trial plots, which will also be a key feature of the day, with guided tours by agronomists and other specialists, allowing farmers and landowners to see which are the most successful current varieties.

Trial plots run by Syngenta, include winter wheat, winter barley, oilseed rape, soya and winter triticale. This year, there will be also be individual and mixed cover crops, including oilseed radish, phacelia, berseem clover, black oats, white mustard, brown mustard, vetch and forage rye.

Entry and refreshments are free throughout the day. CPD points from Basis and NRoSO will be available. Advanced registration is recommended to speed entry into the event and the chance to win £250 of Wynnstay vouchers.

For details visit www.thearableevent.co.uk.

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