Over the last few days, the British summer has been out in force, marking the biggest event on the agricultural calendar and leaving more than a few with the infamous farmer tan… I’m of course talking about Cereals 2015; two days for farmers and agri-enthusiasts, from far and wide, to get to grips with the latest from the industry and bag a handful of advice (and freebies) on the latest technical developments from around the stands.
Water company representatives, including myself and my catchment team colleagues, joined forces on the Water UK stand to talk with farmers and farming advisers on the current agricultural threats to water quality and discuss how the agricultural and water industries can work together to develop sustainable solutions.
Our senior agronomy advisor, Richard Reynolds, promoted this collaborative approach through the new Slug It Out campaign. Our team are working throughout the region to reduce the levels of metaldehyde (the most common chemical used in the fight against slugs) found in the rivers that feed into Anglian Water’s reservoirs – the same water that flows out of our household taps! Metaldehyde is very difficult to remove from water, so stopping this from getting into the rivers in the first place is a priority. (For more on that, see Lu’s blog on our ‘Slug It Out’ campaign)
This year has been a great success, yet again, and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended I’m sure. Bring on 2016! And plenty more hog roast baps!