Arable farmers sows the seed to a ton of knowledge

September 22, 2013

Russell Dean

EXPERT ADVICE: Russell Dean of Frontier, who were sponsoring the arable entries in the crops marquee at the Dorchester Show.


HEALTHY OPTION: Some of the oats entries supplied by members of the Dorchester Agricultural Society.


WEST country arable farmers showed a diverse range of their products in the crop marquee at the Dorchester Show earlier this month.

The crops section was being sponsored by the leading crops input and grain marketing business, Frontier. Entries were provided by members of the Dorchester Agricultural Society.

On its website, Frontier claims it is recognised for its close relationship with farmers and grain consumers and its successful management of the arable supply chain.

Speaking for Frontier at the Dorchester Show, Russell Dean, said: “We purchase grain from Dorset farmers and help them grow marketing through our sponsorship.

“We supply seed, crop protection products and fertilisers to farmers, as well as providing specialist agronomy advice. It is great to be able to be here and support this section.”

The UK produces on average 15 million tonnes of wheat; seven million tonnes of barley and 600,000 tonnes of oats annually. Cereal yields have tripled over the last 50 years. The UK holds the world record for wheat yield.

A wheat crop can produce 7.5 tonnes of grain per hectare and that is enough to make 11,500 loaves of bread.

Forty two per cent of the UK cereal crop is used to feed animals such as pigs, chicken and cattle to help put bacon, sausages, eggs and milk on the nation’s breakfast tables.

Amongst the crops on display was spring barley. When harvested, the grain is cleaned to remove stones, foreign objects, dust and straw and is dried.

All the grain germinates evenly and vigorously and this prevents mould in its development. Barley and malt products include cereal mix, flakes and biscuits, whisky, bread, malted drink, ale and beer.

To make malt, you need barley, water, air and heat and malting barley is the fourth largest crop in terms of its production in the world.

British malt is exported to more 80 countries around the world including the Far East, South America and Eastern Europe.

Frontier, who were sponsoring the entries submitted by members of Dorchester Agricultural Society at this year’s show said the barley supply chain and that of other crops have pioneering assurance and traceability schemes.

Barley is grown on around 1.1million hectares of land in the UK, of which some of it is grown in Dorset and Somerset. A hectare is the equivalent of an international football pitch.

Some show visitors were inspecting the oats as it was flagged up as a healthy staple ingredient for a balanced diet. Oats are grown in December and January; fertilised in February and March and harvested in July and August.

Nationally 700,000 tonnes of oats are produced annually and as well as being used in porridge, muesli, biscuits, equine and cattle feed and skin products, they are low in sodium and are a good source of potassium.

Growers claim oats helps to lower cholesterol when eaten as part of a low, fat diet and lifestyle and folic acid is essential for healthy foetal development. Oats are a rich source of Vitamin B, particularly thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.

As a wholegrain food, the industry has a claim approved by the Joints Health Claims initiative that people with a healthy heart tend to eat more wholegrain foods as part of a healthy lifestyle and will reduce the risk of heart disease, certain types of cancer and Type 2 Diabetes.

Rape seed oil, which is recognised by its yellow flowers in late April and May, is one of the country’s most profitable crops in terms of gross margin. The oil can be used for the manufacture of lubricants, hydraulic fluids and windscreen washing fluids in cars.

The plant fibres are used for sound insulation, seat fabric carpets, brake pads and panelling.


{ 1 comment… read it below or add one } July 20, 2018 at 3:44 pm

I love the details on your website. Thanks a bunch.


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