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Crop nutrition in a changing climate: time to reset or review?

Topic 2: 11:15 – 12pm
Day 1: Chairperson, Peter Kendall
Day 2: Chairperson, Peter Kendall


Sir Peter Kendall - Chairman


Past Chair of AHDB and Past President NFU, Partner W J Kendall & Sons


Sir Peter Kendall is a fifth-generation arable farmer from Eyeworth in East Bedfordshire. He took a degree in Agricultural Economics at Nottingham University before returning to a traditional mixed farm in 1984. The farm today is a specialist arable unit that undertakes contract farming for a number of local farmers, cropping in total 1400 hectares.

In 2016, they started a broiler unit, heavily based on renewable energy. President of the NFU for 8 years, Peter's overriding passion has been to change the image of farming from an old-fashioned industry to one that is innovative, exciting and central to facing the global challenges depicted in the UK Government’s Foresight Report on the Future of Food and Farming. Peter was appointed Chair of AHDB between 2014 and 2020.  

Mark Tucker


YARA, Sustainability and business solutions manager


In 2012 he became the Chief Agronomist for Yara BU North and East Europe which has given him experience with other crops, including Soybean, and precision farming developments in agricultural environments from Russia, Ukraine, The Baltics, Finland and the Nordic region. Over his time in Yara, he has significantly impacted the direction of the company through continuously developing agronomic knowledge in a direct relationship with the farmer. In September 2015 he returned to Yara UK as the Marketing and Agronomy Manager. As a member of the Yara UK and Ireland leadership team, Mark had the ownership of several strategic initiatives of the company specifically focusing on its transition towards Nature Positive Food Production. In September 2023 Mark became the Sustainability and Business Solutions Manager for Yara UK & Ireland. 

Phil Jarvis


Chair of Albanwise Farming and Environment


Albanwise Farming manages land and estates in Norfolk and Yorkshire. Sugar beet, cereals and oil seed rape, maize and potatoes form a major part of the arable rotation. Albanwise Environment manages wetland, woodland, hedgerows, peatland and agri-environment habitats. 

Phil also Chairs the Voluntary Initiative, championing best plant protection product use, delivered through Integrated Pest Management. 

Phil is member and former Chair of the National Farmers Union, Environmental Forum and Vice-Chair of the NFU National Combinable Crops Board.  

Phil completed a MSc in Sustainable Agricultural Management at Harper Adams University in 2011. Phil is a Professional Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management. 

David Boulton


AICC council director and AICC trials committee member

Midlands based agronomist with Indigro, advising mainly on combinable crops as well as maize, sugar beet and potatoes, with specialism in the technical aspect of agronomy and crop protection. I am a Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC) council director and trials committee member.

The AICC run a national series of independent field trials that are principally involved in testing and comparing the performance of current and near market agrochemicals as well as comparing plant nutrition approaches and crop varieties. Indigro is an agricultural consultancy business based around a team of highly knowledgeable and motivated independent agronomists. We offer broad, holistic, crop and soil management advice – ranging from cultivations and crop establishment to nutrient management and regulatory advice.

We conduct our own trials and research analysis to ensure our clients receive the most up to date information. All agronomists are members of the AICC, and as such, have no alliance to any manufacturer or distributor ensuring all our advice is as objective as it is reliable.