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New conference format packed with technical advice

revamped conference programme at Cereals 2015 will provide growers with key information on some of the hottest topics in the arable sector while allowing them more time to explore the event. Recognising that many visitors are pressed for time, the technical seminars have a new format. Each session will consist of an intensive 20-minute presentation from a leading expert followed by a 10-minute question and answer session. Cereals event director Jon Day says: “The condensed seminars will last no more than 30 minutes each but will be packed with advice, while giving growers a chance to put their own questions to the experts. “The new format will allow visitors to pick up as much information as before from the seminars but in a shorter time, so they can spend more of their day visiting the trade stands, crop plots and working demonstrations.” Topics to be covered include the Yield Enhancement Network’s role in maximising yield potential; the loss of active ingredients; no-till establishment and the role of data in agriculture to enhance performance and increase returns. Visitors can also hear about blackgrass control; the role of cover crops; preserving soil organic matter and effective OSR pest management. The talks will be interspersed with sessions hosted by The Arable Conference at Cereals, partnered by The Oxford Farming Conference. Three debates headlined by industry-leading farmers, scientists, policymakers and environmentalists take place over the two days, with plenty of opportunity for the audience to have their say. Subject matter includes GM and the potential of novel and non-food crops; where resistant varieties will come from (and whether the sector can rely on the Recommended List) and the role of precision farming in achieving yield potential. Al Brooks, 2016 Oxford Farming Conference chairman, says: “The line-up of panelists and speakers is outstanding, as is the range of topics being covered. “We have speakers from around the world joining the panel sessions; and with GM and the reliability of the Recommended Lists being debated, we’re certain to create some animated discussion – something we never shy away from at the Oxford Farming Conference.” 62 | Milling and Grain

Calibre to unveil three new technologies at Cereals

At this year’s Cereals Event, Calibre the experts in Grain testing equipment will introduce three new Innovations designed to make the assessment of Grain Quality a simpler and faster task. The new technologies test for the key properties in Grain: Protein, Moisture, Mycotoxins and Falling Number. The equipment will enable Farmers, Grain Stores and Traders to identify quality crops rapidly aiding precision farming and retaining premiums throughout the grain chain. Be the first to see our official UK launch with live demonstrations on how testing has become easier and faster on Calibre stand 1027.

Intelligent dryer control system optimises grain drying

Allmet is helping its customers to reduce drying costs and increase drying capacity thanks to the launch of the Intelligent Dryer Control (IDC) System. This latest technical advance brought to the UK market is the result of Allmet’s alliance with Tornum AB, a strategic business partnership formed at the end of last year that has seen the two companies share expertise and resources to focus on product research and development. The IDC, is long-awaited in the grain market and will benefit customers by minimising over drying, maximising obtainable product quality, weight and prices and providing total process control. Allmet will be showcasing the IDC at Cereals in Boothby Graffoe on June 10-11, 2015. Allmet Director, Charles White explained: “Drying grain precisely is a complex process that you want to get right to maximise the best possible price. When you use manual methods you run the risk of not reaching the desired moisture content levels, or over drying. The IDC takes the guess work out of this by maintaining the average outgoing moisture content of the grain, despite large variations in incoming moisture content.” To illustrate the benefits of the IDC - overstepping the mark by drying to 13 percent instead of 14 can typically add up to 20 percent to your energy bill, give you an additional 1 percent loss in weight and reduce your dryer’s capacity by up to 16 percent. Fellow Allmet Director, James White added: “The IDC optimizes the drying process by using intelligent software that adapts to conditions. There’s no need for manual adjustments you have total control over the drying process and can change the grain type and drying recipe where ever you are, at the touch a button either from a PC or a tablet.” Available in four different standard kits, the system consists of moisture sensors and a control unit with a user-friendly interface. The first sensor is positioned in one of the upper drying sections and measures incoming moisture. The second is placed in the cooling zone, close to the dryer outlet. Using information about incoming and outgoing moisture content, the control unit sets the speed of the dryer discharge to obtain the desired moisture content out of the dryer - regardless of outside climatic conditions.

Jun 2015 - Milling and Grain magazine  
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