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It’s important for farmers to keep abreast of the latest developments, to look at the research being done but also to provide feedback on priorities for future research and development.

The essential outing for every Scottish barley and wheat producer this summer will take place on a working farm in Perthshire, when Cereals in Practice showcases the very latest field trials and scientific research to growers and agronomists at Burnside Farm near Stanley on Tuesday 3 July, 4-8pm.

The annual industry event, organised by the James Hutton Institute, SAC and the Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR), is a must-attend occasion for all farmers interested in the latest recommended varieties of spring barley and winter wheat.

There will also be research and management trials of fungicides and pesticides, displays from commercial companies and trials of alternative break crops such as varieties of spring beans.

Of particular interest this year are the latest results for the recommended new spring barley varieties Odyssey, Overture and Chronicle, which are also being carefully monitored by the expanding distilling industry.

Farmers have responded to recent growth in demand for spring barley by increasing drillings by around 8% this year to an estimated 284,000ha. Meanwhile winter wheat drillings have risen by around 2% to 104,000ha.

Cereals in Practice has been running as a joint James Hutton Institute and SAC event for four years but this is the first time it is being held at SAC’s current trial site on a commercial farm. It has previously been hosted by the Institute’s Balruddery Farm.

The Institute provides the “blue sky” thinking and applied research to the event and SAC's input is centred on putting the latest recommendations and trial results into practice through its consultancy services.

Dr Bill Thomas, a barley scientist at the James Hutton Institute, said the open day was largely an educational event but it also involved a two-way exchange of views.

“It’s important for farmers to keep abreast of the latest developments, to look at the research being done but also to provide feedback on priorities for future research and development,” he said.

Mark Ballingall, senior weed and herbicide specialist at SAC added: “We will have fungicide trials using the new SDHI fungicides and we can give best practice advice on rates and appropriate timings. Farmers need to be aware of the latest techniques and trials and they’ll enjoy seeing them take place in a working environment.”

The event will also feature trials of oats, and research into options for control of ramularia, a disease which is proving difficult to control.

Cereals in Practice is being held courtesy of farmer Kerr Currie. Access to Burnside Farm, Stanley , Perth and Kinross PH1 4QB is just north of Perth on the A9. More information is on the Cereals in Practice events page.

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