A hot and sunny Cereals Event (for once!) saw over 24,500 visitors to the UK’s largest arable event. A new-look Bayer CropScience stand was a popular destination for both growers and their advisers.
An early highlight was a tour around the plots by a group of sprayer operators organised by Iain Robertson (@thecropdoctor). Bayer fungicide product manager, Tim Short (@flyinthemoonbar) talked through wheat disease control programmes featuring Aviator Xpro (bixafen + prothioconazole).
Many growers were keen to discuss black-grass control on the wheat crop journey, making it a popular stopping point.
Boards showing the results from a weed screen at our farm at Great Chishill, and three different resistant black-grass populations sprayed with various pre-emergence herbicides, including Liberator (fufenacet + diflufenican) were excellent discussion points.
The new Q&A boards used across the site allowed visitors to pick up key messages and answer.
As ever, the excellent lunch was a popular draw around lunch time, with the queue snaking through the stand. Over the two days we served approximately 600 lunches.
Our cricket hat give-away was also popular on the sunny days.
A bed of pollinating flowers complete with bee hotels made for a pretty backdrop to the stand, along with a serious message about Bayer’s commitment to bee health.