A side range of demonstration crop plots covering wheat, hybrid wheat, hybrid barley, barley, hybrid rye, conventional rye, catch and cover crops, oats, oilseed rape, triticale. Plant breeders and technical staff will be available to discuss the varieties.
Mark Nightingale – Elsoms Seeds, Trials and Technical Manager
Mark obtained his degree in Applied Biology in 1986 which is also the year he joined Elsoms Seeds as a Purification Officer.
In 2005 he completed his Masters Degree in Applied Biology and Plant Breeding specialising in Double haploid production, which was put to good use as he took on the role of Oilseed Rape breeder in the same year.
Mark successfully bred the top yielding Winter Oilseed Rape variety Elgar, which was added to the Recommended list in 2016. He is now Elsoms Technical Specialist in Oilseed rape, Linseed, Fodder beet and Vining Peas.
Adrian Hayler – Elsoms Seeds,Head of Agricultural Business Unit
Following 2 years studying for an HND in Agricultural Marketing & Business Administration at Harper Adams University, Adrian started his career in Agriculture with Dalgety as a trainee Grain Trader, where he also studied for a Diploma in Management Studies.
After progression to the position of National Sales Manager with Johnsons Seeds, a change of direction led him to a career in the Fresh Produce industry.
After 12 years in commercial management roles with FMCG companies, Adrian returned to Agriculture as Seed Sales Manager with Elsoms Seeds in 2011. He has successfully overseen the launch of several exciting new OSR and wheat varieties, the expansion of the Agriculture department and the introduction of Saaten Union Hybrid Rye into the UK.
In 2015 Adrian took on the role of Head of Agriculture for Elsoms Seeds and now manages the busy Commercial and Technical teams as well as a growing and exciting portfolio of varieties.
Dr Richard Jennaway – Saaten Union UK Technical Director
Richard gained his PhD at the University of Newcastle where he worked on powdery mildew in spring barley. He then joined Miln Marsters as an assistant plant breeder working on oilseed rape and winter wheat.
In 1987 Richard became head of oilseed breeding at the newly formed Cambridge Plant Breeders Ltd.developing a number of oilseed rape varieties including Apache, Inca Navajo and Mohican.He left CPB in 1995 to join Dalgety Agricuture at Throws Farm as alternative crops and quality control trials manager.
In 1997 Saaten Union GmbH decided to set up their own trialling operation in the UK and Richard set up Saaten Union UK Ltd at Cowlinge in Suffolk and has been Technical Director to the present day.
Several varieties have been selected from the station including Winner Oilseed Rape, Glasgow, Timber, Anapolis and Belgrade Winter Wheats, Spring Barley Rebecca, Chanson and Acorn, Spring Oats, Husky, Canyon and Yukon and numerous other varieties. particularly Hybrid Rye.
Stephen Smith – Wheat Breeder Elsoms Wheat
Stephen started his career with the Plant Breeding Institute. Working initially on hybrid wheats, he then moved onto winter wheat. He also had success breeding winter barleys with Miln Marsters and then returned to winter wheat when he set up and led the breeding programme at Cebeco.
Stephen joined Elsoms Seeds in 2006 to lead the wheat breeding programme, which has since tripled in scale with the establishment of Elsoms Wheat in 2013.
Stephen has bred the 4 exciting new wheat varieties Bennington, Dunston, Freiston and Moulton which all feature favourably on the recommended list, and has also added the candidate varieties Elicit and Elation to the Elsoms Wheat portfolio as RL candidates for 2017.