Cereals 2021 WILL go ahead



Written by Charlotte Cunningham

The organisers of the Cereals Event have confirmed this year’s event will go ahead – in the flesh – as lockdown restrictions in England continue to be relaxed. Charlotte Cunningham reports. After more than a year of online events, Cereals 2021 will be ditching the webinars in place of a real-life, in-the-flesh event. Contrary to the rumour mill, Cereals is happening in real life, and you can be there in person, says Alli McEntyre, event organiser. “No online webinars, just real people meeting in the fields of Boothby Graffoe, Lincs. Not a ‘virtual’ link in sight – you can walk across real grass, eye up actual machines, talk to people directly, attend seminars in person, examine the crop plots – and there’s even a soil pit you can get into.” There will be 300 exhibitors to visit and the Syngenta Sprays & Sprayers Arena will showcase live demos that you can watch in person – from a safe distance, of course. The Isuzu Driving Course will let you drive real vehicles, and the full seminar programme will consist of 100% live speakers, travelling from all over the country to the actual Cereals site in Lincolnshire. It’s all in the flesh…
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Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...