13th & 14th June 2018  |  Chrishall Grange, Duxford, Cambridgeshire  Tickets

Cereals: The Arable Event

Practical seminars at Cereals

Discover new speaker-led sessions with industry experts.

In association with Content Partner AHDB


Cereals Conversations features a series of in-depth technical seminars which will provide valuable advice, give visitors the opportunity to join in the conversation, and be part of the technical debate on some of our industry’s hot topics.

For details on this year's timetable, please see below.

Wednesday 13th June

 Time   Topic

Sustainable soil health and nutrition

Alternatives to conventional fertiliser strategies for sustainable soil health and nutrition.


Geoff Dodgson, Chairman, BASIS Professional Standards Committee


John Cherry, Farmer, Darnalls Hall Farm and Joint Founder of Groundswell
Dr Alastair Leake, Head of the Allerton Project


Artificial Intelligence: the future is here

Drones, robots, data collection and analysis. Is automation and AI the future, and how can we make it work?




Joe Allnutt, Head of Robotics Awesomeness, Small Robot Company
Dr Richard Green, Principal Lecturer, Harper Adams University
Graham Mullier, Open Data champion and Digital Advocate, Syngenta


Guarding glyphosate 

Stewardship, best practice, change of behaviour and timing of applications to preserve this vital herbicide for the future.

Hosted by Content Partner AHDB


Tom Bradshaw, Essex farmer and Chair of NFU Combinable Crops Board

James Clarke, Director, ADAS and Chairman, Weed Resistance Action Group (WRAG)
Dr Paul Gosling, Research Manager, AHDB Crop Health and Protection
Barrie Hunt, Technical Development Manager, Monsanto Company


Emerging weed control strategies

A roundup of emerging weed control techniques, including chemical and mechanical and the impact on herbicide resistance, and soil health.


 Sean Sparling, AICC Chairman and Managing Director of Sparling Agronomy Services Ltd


Jerry Alford, Arable and Soils Advisor, Soil Association
Philip Garford, Managing Director, Garford
Alex Nichols, Cereal Herbicide Product Manager, Corveta Agriscience
Patrick Stephenson, Regional Agronomist - North, NIAB


Thursday 14th June

Time  Topic

The next generation of innovators: A farmer case study

A next-generation farmer talking about the challenges of taking on the farm and how innovating is paying off.


William Haire,  Agriculture Business Development Manager, East of England Agricultural Society

Case Study

Simon Gadd, Lincolnshire Farmer and Chairman, NFU Next Generation Policy Forum


Fungicide Futures

What will the future look like in terms of potential regulatory changes, variety choices and increased resistance to fungicides?

Hosted by content partner AHDB


Dr Paul Gosling, Research Manager, AHDB Crop Health and Protection, and FRAG-UK member


Andy Bailey, Cereals Fungicide Technical Specialist, ADAMA
Professor Fiona Burnett, Head of Crop and Soil Systems and Professor of Applied Plant Pathology, SRUC, and Chair of FRAG-UK
Ben Freer, Business Development Manager, BASFStuart Jackson, Fungicide Technical Development, Corteva Agriscience
Sean Sparling, Chairman, AICC


Making better data-driven decisions

How can we collect and use data to better drive business profitability?


Jim Williams, Head of AgAnalytics, Map of Ag

Steve Archer, Business Engineer, 30mhz
Alistair Knott, Precision Agriculture Development Director, Proagrica
Dr Ellie Marshall, Crop Production Systems Scientist, AHDB
Will Wells, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hummingbird Technologies


Other seminars and debater 

Cereals Controversial

Cereals Controversial


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