Minor cereals attracted visitors at the field day in Nabočany, Czech Republic, 13-14 June 2017
Around 4000 visitors - farmers, farmer advisors, breeders, researchers and students of agricultural schools as well as public at large - came to the field day at Nabočany near Chrudim on each of the two-day event. Minor cereals - spelt, einkorn, emmer, rye and oats - to be viewed at the field plots attracted a big interest amongst the visitors. The interest in minor cereals is growing every year, and most so amongst organic farmers.The field day is organised by the biggest publisher of farmers' magazines and professional agricultural literature in the Czech Republic Profipress.
The Crop Research Institute (CRI)along with two Czech partners in the HealthyMinorCereals project - PRO-BIO Ltd. and Selgen a.s. - presented field plots with five minor cereal species - spelt, einkorn, emmer, rye and oats - that are studied as part of the project. A guided tour was led jointly by PRO-BIO and CRI to present phenotypic charactertistics of varieties listed in the EU catalogue, provide basic information on the sensitivity/resistance of the minor cereal species to diseases, and discuss their processing (especially the problem of de-hulling for hulled species). Consumers were also interested in nutritional value of minor cereals species.
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