Indoors, static demonstrations from AHDB, ADAS, Red Tractor, a moisture meter clinic and the Wye & Usk foundation added to the draw. Topic specific seminars on brome control and herbicide resistance prevention (Laura Davies) and farm infrastructure, pesticide storage and handling areas (Eoin Murphy) were well attended and added an extra dimension to the day.
Out in the field was the main event, a walk around the 120 trial plots demonstrated by ADAS staff from Physiology, Pathology, Entomology and Weeds. In wheat, Phil Bounds looked at managing the loss of existing chemistry, Jonathan Blake and Rebecca Joynt the efficacy of current and future chemistry and Chloe Morgan, tailoring fungicide programmes to variety. Steve Ellis shared his top tips for BYDV control in a world without neonicotinoid seed treatments and Roger Sylvester-Bradley presented the results from the Yield Enhancement Network. A demonstration of the 37 winter wheat varieties on the recommended list also generated much interest, showing the strengths and weaknesses of all the current wheat varieties.
In oilseed rape, Phil Walker presented fungicide performance results while Caroline Young looked into predicting the risk of Sclerotinia infection. In oats the growth guide was launched by Sarah Clarke as she demonstrated recent developments in nitrogen use. Growers also got the chance to test their ability to identify diseases in cereals and oilseeds with Tim Boor and weeds with Sarah Cook and Laura Davies.
A huge thank you to all those involved in the event including the Rosemaund field team who maintained all of the plots and our demonstrators for showing them off, we hope to see you again next year.
For more information about the event, please contact Chloe Morgan.