If there’s one thing that sets United Kingdom farmers apart from their Aussie counterparts, you only have to visit the country’s largest field days to find out.
The country’s largest field days is Cereals, held every year and bringing together nearly 500 exhibitors with the latest in arable innovation.
This year, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the event, it was held at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire, where a 64 hectare site was transformed.
As the leading technical event for the UK’s arable industry, it offered stands and live demonstrations including crop plots, working demonstrations, the Syngenta Sprays and Sprayers arena and renewables, an area specially dedicated to renewable energy, biofuels and non-food crops.
Exhibitors spared no expense in rolling out the red carpet for farmers and industry representatives.
Lush green paths led to marquees where food and beverages were on tap, and indoor and outdoor dining options available, some resembling a country club atmosphere.
Hospitality aside, the event also delved into some of the industry and country’s major issues – which this year included the latest on Brexit, glyphosate and innovations in plant breeding – at forum discussions.
Queensland Country Life journalist Lea Coghlan attended Cereals 2017 as a guest of Syngenta.