2018 Seminar – Day 12018-10-26T13:34:40+00:00

Day one seminar timings – 28th November 2018

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09.00am – 09.30am


Opening Address

Setting the scene for profitability

Adrian Gough, UK and Ireland Leader, Corteva Agriscience

Prospects for the Combinable Crops Sector

It’s been a challenging year for both winter and spring crops which has been reflected in some better prices. But what might the future hold for UK farming following the government’s consultation on future domestic agricultural policy? Here’s an independent view about the future opportunities and challenges ahead.

Speaker: Jack Watts, NFU chief combinable crops adviser

Crop Breeding

09.30am – 10.40am

Sponsored by INVIGOR

Session Chair: Keith Norman, independent consultant and former technical director, Velcourt


Shaping the Recommended List for the future

Each year AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds invests about 13% of its total levy income on assessing varieties for the Recommended List. Could that investment be spent more wisely? Here’s what works, what can be improved and how growers and the industry are helping to shape a Recommended List fit for the increasingly competitive market place.

Speaker: Jenna Watts, Senior AHDB Crop Production Systems Scientist and RL Lead


Designing future wheat

The  BBSRC funded Designing Future Wheat Programme, involving eight research organisations, aims to develop new wheat germplasm containing the next generation of key traits. Here’s an update on the project and the benefits it could provided for UK  growers in the future.

Speaker: Alison Bentley, Director of Genetics and Breeding, NIAB






Traits in OSR – progressive improvement or a game changer?

The rapid expansion of hybrids delivering a number of end-use and agronomic traits has revolutionised the UK market in the past 10 years. Have these been minor steps forward, or game-changing for the grower and agronomist? What could be the next big developments? Can we learn anything from other OSR markets globally?

Speaker: Adrian Cottey, Head of Seeds Northern Europe, BASF

10.40am – 11.30am | Break

Crop Nutrition

11.30am – 12.40pm


Sponsored by YARA UK

Session Chair:
Mark Tucker, Agronomy and Business Development Manager, Yara UK


Managing potash and sulphur

Potash and sulphur, two key nutrients, so often talked about in simplistic terms and even occasionally over-looked but are vital for profitable, sustainable crop production. Both nutrients require careful monitoring and management for  the long-term health and profitability of arable crops.

Speaker: Natalie Woods, Arable Agronomist for UK and Ireland, Yara UK


Managing Digestate: What’s its true value and how to use it

The drawbacks and benefits of digestate as a nutrient including the need for careful analysis and integration into a farm’s nutrition programme; managing application timing; storage and the need to prevent damage to soil structure during application. 

Speaker: John Williams, Principal Soil Scientist, Soils and Nutrients Team, ADAS Boxworth


Biostimulants and their role in crop nutrition

Interest in biostimulants as a means of improving nutrient uptake; preventing nutrient loss and boosting yield and quality is increasing. Here’s a look at the different types of biostimulants, how they work and how they can perform to benefit crop production.

Antonis Angeletakis, Business Development Manager, Biostimulants for Yara UK

12.40pm – 13.30pm | Break

Crop Protection

13.30pm – 14.40pm

Sponsored by NUFARM

Session Chair: Guy Smith, NFU Deputy President



Crop protection post Brexit

What does the future hold for the availability and use of crop protection products in the UK after next March? Brexit means the UK taking charge of how regulation is delivered but will it make any real difference when it comes to speeding up the regulation and approval  process? Or will it mean farmers have to toe the same old European line?

Speaker: Chris Hartfield, Senior Regulatory Affairs Adviser NFU Plant Health Unit


Biological solutions for disease and pest control

Biological products can help to strengthen a plants resistance to disease and pests but just how much benefit do they provide; are they value for money and what about public perception? Find out as Crop Health North, a project run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Farmer/ Scientist Network in conjunction with the University of Newcastle University, reveals two years of trial results comparing the effectiveness of synthetic and biological products on disease resistance, yield and quality for different wheat varieties.

Speaker: Rob Edwards, Head of Environmental Sciences School, University of Newcastle


Preventing weed and disease resistance

Understanding the science behind growing weed and disease resistance with the help of the Smart Farm Project created to demonstrate the benefits of careful monitoring and the importance of identifying problems, such as black-grass, early on to slow down resistance and prevent it developing.

Speaker: Paul Neve, Weed Biologist and Leader Smart Crop Protection Project

14.40pm – 15.15pm | Break

Crop Establishment

15.20pm – 16.30pm


Sponsored by CERTIS and HORSCH UK

Session Chair:
Brian Barker, AHDB Strategic Farmer, Suffolk


Measuring, managing and improving soil health

Improving soil health is one of the key targets in the government’s 25 year environmental plan along with improving water quality. Farmers already recognise their soils are one of their most valuable assets and key to maintaining long-term profitability. But what makes a healthy soil? How do you measure it? How should you protect the soils under your care particularly in a challenging year?

Speaker: Stephan Haefele, Systems Agronomist, Rothamsted Research


Testing times for crop establishment: What might I do differently?

ven the past difficult season for establishing and managing autumn and spring crops following one of the wettest winters and springs and driest summers on record, plus the prospects of UK farming now set to have the environment at its heart, what would our panel do differently to remain profitable?

Submit your question for the Crop Establishment panel here.

Discussion Panel:
Stephan Haefele, Systems Agronomist, Rothamsted Research
Andrew Ward MBE, Lincolnshire farmer (mixed)
Russell McKenzie, Cambridgeshire farmer (heavy clay)
Adrian Whitehead, Norfolk farmer (pure silt to silt clay loam)





16.30pm | End of day one

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