The CropTec Show 2021 “Cultivating resilience: farming in a changing climate” is one of only a few live events this year, so a great opportunity to catch up with our members that have a presence at the show. The Agri-TechE team were there in person and Belinda gives a quick overview of first impressions.
At Croptec 2021 there was evident delight in a major industry event providing the opportunity to get together and almost literally kick tyres (or just look respectfully at sophisticated sensor tech, wonder at innovative seed treatment solutions, or explore pharma-inspired diagnostic solutions for crop diseases).
CropTec might have been lighter in footfall than in previous years (with an unfortunate clash with BP2021 – the Potato Industry Event at Harrogate), but the networking, seminars, stands and demos proved that UK agri-tech is resilient and positive (in all the right ways) about the future.
One thing is clear – the last 18 months may have reduced face-to-face interactions but there has been some serious innovating underway, and the mood music was very much around understanding what others have been doing with a view to collaborating to collectively advance the state of the industry. “We just need to get to the point where we can collaborate to bring our various technologies together, and then collectively we have a real game-changer on our hands,” commented one member.
Another commented wryly “We have been very busy, with lots of people asking us if we are busy!” – there was a sense of people cautiously and optimistically feeling their way, while accepting some uncertainty about contact and physical events through the next few months. Lots of recruitment news also shows the patterns of staff changes in businesses are also being seen across the industry – time to update the database!
Scroll through the photos and read more about members that have a presence at the show below.
ADAS offers tailored 1:1 advice on the transition to ELMS as part of its Future Farming Resilience Programme. It will also be announcing its YEN awards at the show.
AHDB is discussing practical ways to assess soil health using score cards and how to use the AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) which offers best practice guidance on the application of mineral fertilisers, manures and slurries.
Analytik is discussing its plant phenotyping solutions that support improved decision making, reducing input costs and environmental impacts.
Bayer Crop Science Fieldview is Bayer’s latest data capture solution, offering accessible and useable insights from crops and fields, it is currently offering a year’s free trial.
CHAP if you are interested in precision pesticide application and how tech can help then CHAP is talking about the Spraybot project
Cranfield University manages the National Soils Map and provides advice about improving soil carbon for soil health. Important insights ahead of ELMS.
Drone AG offers field mapping solutions; it is discussing new features of Skippy Scout that offer more in-depth insights in just 30 seconds.
Elsoms seed breeders are getting good results with tree seeds, improving their germination and establishment.
Hutchinsons are the people to go to if you are looking for a variable rate drill conversion kit, want advice on how to navigate new environmental legislation, manage Carbon, or use your nitrogen next season.
Metos UK is partnering with Ben Burgess to demonstrate its latest integrated digital crop protection solutions, that offer real-time decision around spraying and fertilising.
ORO AGRI are developing a range of effective, yet residue-free, adjuvants, pesticides, soil conditioners, biostimulants and foliar feeds.
PheroSyn is talking about plant protection with insect pheromones.
Prodata Weather Systems is showing its Davis weather station and reminds farmers that you can use money from the Farming Investment Fund towards your weather station up to the 7th Jan 2022.
Pure Farming – Powered by Map of Ag, the new Pure Farming Platform, connecting data from farms to agri-food supply chains, improving forecasting and delivery.
Sencrop develops smart weather stations with an app that links weather data to pest and disease threat, creating an alert for the farmers in certain conditions. They are offering £50 off the cost of weather stations purchased before Christmas.
Timac Agro UK is discussing nitrogen use efficiency.
University of Lincoln are talking about robotics and BASIS short courses on their stand.
YAGRO offers data analytics; visitors to the stand will also have the opportunity to gain early bird access to the company’s new data tool, Tracker. This new and innovative tool allows users to effortlessly track field costs, grain sales, and market prices: real-time throughout the season, in one single place. So they can stay on top of market changes and act fast to safeguard their business.