Cereals 2016 saw 1000’s of the UK’s leading arable farmers descend on Chrishall Grange, Cambridgeshire to enjoy two days of best practice learning, innovation and networking.
On our stand K-1114-12 the new CF branding was showcased on a large scale, for the first time, with the aim being to introduce CF to as many farmers as possible, showing why we believe our global presence and years of home-grown expertise can really help growers meet the challenges of the future.
Once again, our detailed Research and Development work took centre stage with plots dedicated to joint Winter Barley work highlighting the need to add 50% of the total N requirements before GS30 to receive a grain yield increase of 0.5t/ha.
Being lead organisation in a consortium project funded by Innovate UK, with ADAS, Syngenta, Hill Court Farm Research, Precision Crop Nutrition, Patchwork and Precision Agriculture Consultant, Chris Harry Thomas Consulting, enabled us to feature an ISARIA machine, the only one to be active at the event. This drew the crowds to discuss the next generation in precision Nitrogen application with expert Chris Argyle from Precision Crop Nutrition on hand to field the technical discussion.
Latest information from over thirty years of measuring soils for Nitrogen levels using the company’s unique patented N-Min service was also available on the stand, with CF’s Agronomist, Alli Grundy and Mechteld Blake- Kalff and Laurence Blake from Hill Court Farm Research in place to further highlight how analysing the soil for Nitrogen enables growers to target N rates more precisely by accounting for the effects of seasonal change in soil N supply.
“N-Min analysis allows farmers to be in the best position to get the best agronomic performance from Nitrogen and we have a wealth of data on this”, says Alli.
Our signature product, Nitram®, was a major talking point with the agronomic benefits on show for all to see.
For those feeling lucky there was the chance to enter our famous competition, to win 27t of Nitram, run in conjunction with Farmers Weekly (you can still enter online or at Livestock until the beginning of July).
Centre to any good competition is a good question. “In how many cases did Ammonium Nitrate (AN) out yield urea?” The answer was provided by Dr Pete Berry, ADAS head of crop physiology. Who states “ADAS research confirms good quality AN has a lot to offer growers. Replicated experiments funded by Defra since 2003 have shown that at a rate of 200kg N/ha Ammonium Nitrate yielded more than urea in 77% of cases and gave a yield advantage of more than 1 t/ha in one case. Ammonium Nitrate also gave a higher grain protein content than urea thus illustrating its suitability for milling wheats.”
The competitive theme continued with a game of DoubleTop® golf- hit your yield and quality aspirations with a hole in one and DoubleTop. Since the 1990’s DoubleTop, a Nitrogen Sulphur granular fertiliser, has been vital to quality crops and CPM magazine has highlighted this in a forthcoming Innovation Insight- ‘it’s the original and still the best’.
The key to DoubleTop’s success has been the inclusion of Ammonium Sulphate which is directly available to the crop. Mark Garrett, CF’s Regional Manager for the North, puts this in context by stating, ‘the difficultly with elemental Sulphur is that it has to be oxidised before it can be taken up and that’s unpredictable. Use DoubleTop for a predictable response’.
We finished Cereals ‘16 on a high with our 4 x 2.5m ‘big screen’ showing the England vs Wales match. Customers crowded onto the stand to enjoy the football and the CF hospitability in the form of a beer grown using Nitram, thus proving as well as growing better crops, ‘Blue Bags Brew Better Beer’!