Plans are moving on apace for the brand new Arable Scotland event, planned for this summer on July 2 at Balruddery Farm, Fowlis, by Dundee.
This is a brand new annual event for Scotland where the industry can meet, debate, view and review the new innovations that will drive the markets and future sustainability of Scottish arable production.
It is being organised by a collaborative team which includes sponsorship from Hutchinsons and with The Scottish Farmer as its media partner. The wider industry and science partners have taken plots and stands at the event and will showcase new agrochemicals, varieties tools and technologies.
The site will be open and heavily staffed all day for attendees to drop in and see the demonstrations and network with others.
Professor Fiona Burnett, of Scotland’s Rural College, who, along with Professor Adrian Newton, of the James Hutton Institute, is co-ordinating the event said the event will promote the quality and profile of Scottish produce and strengthen networks between producers, end markets, support industries and innovators.
“The industry has been quick to throw its support behind this new event, which fills a real gap in the summer calendar of UK events. It is a chance to promote the crops, technologies and farming systems that are best suited to Scotland’s farming systems and markets, and which can enhance the yield and quality potential of our arable crops” she told The SF. “It’s been great to work with a cross-cutting group and develop the concept and gather sponsorship so that the event will be free to attendees.”
As well as the sponsorship of Hutchinsons and from industry exhibitors, the event also has sponsorship from the AHDB levy board, the Farm Advisory Service and from SEFARI Gateway (the knowledge exchange group for the Scottish Research Institutes).
As well as field plots with new varieties and innovations there will be discussion forums and a marquee with exhibits and stands. Discussion forums will run throughout the day on topics such as new entrants, the SEPA Crop Production Sector Plan, markets and sustainable farming, the latter led by Caroline Drummond, from LEAF.
The website for the event is: https://www.arablescotland.org.uk/