Programme

Gates open at 10am

After registering, you will be met by a member of the team who will take you on a short guided tour through our Core Zone plots. There will be four zones in total, forming a storyboard focussing on the importance of Spring Barley in Scottish arable production. These are research plots and will feature innovative breeding, quality crops for defined markets, innovative crop management and sustainable and heathy systems. These four core zones are supported by a number of demonstration and trial plots from commercial and research organisations which you are free to attend under your own steam.

In The Field

All plots will be staffed and sign-posted throughout the day for self-guided visits

Guided whistle-stop tours of core zone plots which highlight the main themes of the event on arrival

Self guided tours of innovation and research trial plots covering:

  • Recommended Lists
  • Intercropping
  • Crop Protection
  • Innovative Crop Management
  • Cover Crops
  • Precision Farming
  • Innovative Varietal Breeding
  • Healthy Soils
  • Novel Crops for Niche Markets
  • Water Resource Management
  • Crop Production

Displays, Dialogues and Demos

  • Outdoor Machinery
  • "Arable Conversations"
  • Technical Updates and Best Practice
  • Guided Tours of the Centre for Sustainable Cropping (last tour departs 3.30pm) - Sponsored by SSCR
  • Major Project Updates
  • Centres of Expertise

"Arable Conversations"

These interactive sessions will be held at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm in the main marquee

Come along and ask our expert panel members the questions that matter to you, share your views and ideas and together we can explore solutions to the important issues facing the industry. If you would like to submit your question in advance, text 07494 781 950. Please indicate who your question is for. You can remain anonymous or include your name and affiliation if you want this included with your question.

10.30am   Future Markets: Getting a Gain from your Grain

Chaired by David Eudall, Head of Market Specialists Arable, AHDB

joined by Sam Scott, Hectare Agritech; Mark McCallum, Highland Grain Limited and Donald Ross, Rhynie Farm

11.30am   New entrants to arable farming: Opportunities and obstacles

Chaired by Zander Hughes, Next Generation Vice Chair, NFUS

joined by Annie McKee, James Hutton Institute; Jack Carnegy, Balnamoon Farms and Chris Leslie, AHDB

1.30pm   Working together for future prosperity: SEPA's Crop Production Sector Plan

Chaired by Ken Loades, Soils and Crop Sector Lead, SEFARI Gateway

Joined by Johan Schutten, SEPA; Euan Grewar, Grewar's Farm; Andrew Midgley, NFUS and Hamish Coutts, AICC

2.30pm   Is sustainable farming truly sustainable?

Chaired by Caroline Drummond, CEO, Linking Environment and Farming

Joined by Ali Karley, James Hutton Institute; James Hopkinson, Arable Ventures; David Aglen, Balbirnie Home Farms and Tracy Valentine, James Hutton Institute