Cereals: The Arable Event


Stand 919

In addition to the black-grass and fungicide performance plots, we will also showcase our disease monitoring research and talk extensively about the AHDB Nutrient Management Guide. Visitors will be able to talk to our expert team about the key changes to the guidance for arable crops, including how to adjust total nitrogen applications in response to expected cereal yields. There will also be a ‘nutrient management’ update seminar at 10:45 on both event days in our main marquee.

The expert: Tim Isaac – Head of Knowledge Exchange, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds

Tim IsaacTim grew up on a small livestock farm, but after studying Agricultural Business Management at Wye College, he embarked on a career as an arable business consultant and agricultural valuer. Over the next twenty years, he became a specialist advisor on the management of arable farms, contracting arrangements and joint ventures. He joined AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds in 2013 with responsibility for developing the Monitor Farm programme in East Anglia. Building on this success, he was appointed Head of Knowledge Exchange in 2016.


Stand 622

AICC independent crop consultants with a wealth of experience from all parts of the country will be available to comment on independent approaches to managing pests, diseases and weeds. Information gained from the extensive AICC trials network is also invaluable in backing up AICC members decision making.We will also have an expert soil scientist on the stand on both days to talk about the importance of nutrition in crops.

The carefully planned crop plots will assist in demonstrating the above and provide a talking point to aid discussion.AICC experts will be focusing on the key topical crop protection issues relating to this years’ growing season and thoughts for 2018. In particular, the impact of rotation and variety choice on weed and disease management.

AICC members and colleagues from the James Hutton Institute will be available on the AICC stand at CEREALS to answer questions on Weeds, Disease, Nutrition and Soil structures as part of the Knowledge Trail

The Experts:


Executive Members of AICC, Sean Sparling, Patrick Stephenson and Peter Brumpton will be on hand to talk about their approach to providing comprehensive on farm commercially independent advice to their clients.  They are all practising agronomists with an expert knowledge providing appropriate solutions to combat weed and disease issues in all arable crops.  The demonstration plots on the site illustrate the programmes that an independent crop consultant would use to overcome weed and disease pressure in the most cost effective way.  AICC members advise on approaching 50% of the UK Arable Advice market and representatives from the groupings of AICC members from across the UK will be available to answer your questions on agronomic issues for the season and going forward.

The James Hutton Institute

In addition, there will also be representatives from The James Hutton Institute whose vision is to be at the forefront of innovative and transformative science for sustainable management of land, crop and natural resources that supports thriving communities. There will be a demonstration of the effects of compaction on the resistance of soils to root growth through demonstrating penetrometer resistance. There will be tubes containing growing barley highlighting the impact of compaction on plant growth and the negative consequences on utilisation of nutrients.


Stand 635

A novel way of looking at disease and weeds in plots will be one of the highlights of the Bayer stand (635) at Cereals 2017.

Instead of just parting the crop to see disease levels, Bayer is digging a trench through the treated and untreated wheat plots so visitors can look more closely at disease levels on the various leaf layers. The treated plots will feature Bayer’s new SDHI fungicide Ascra Xpro (bixafen + fluopyram + prothioconazole) applied at T2 - the demonstration will allow growers a new way of looking at the performance on key leaf layers.

Bayer’s dedicated area to black-control will feature an interactive section where growers can use building blocks to put together a programme with the best chance of success for the situation growers find themselves in. A large weed-screen demonstration, will help growers understand the herbicides on offer and what grassweeds they will control (and different types of resistant black-grass strains).

In the seed treatment area, there will be a range of seed- and soil-borne diseases on display, such as loose smut, bunt, leaf stripe and covered smut. The seed treatment team will be on hand to talk growers through how to identify these diseases, as well as treatment options such as Redigo Pro (prothioconazole + tebuconazole) and for insect pests Deter (clothianidin).


Stand 203

  • Agronomists focussed on improving soil nutrition
  • Advice on granulated products that can be self-spread to improve soil analysis, mainly Calcifert Lime and Calicfert Sulphur
  • Research on sulphur and calcium soil amendments and subsequent improvements to crops and grassland.
  • Information on new products launched this year that address the growing problem of Boron and Zinc deficiencies
  • BASIS points available
  • New products:  Calcifert Lime with added Boron & Zinc, and Calcifert Sulpur with added Boron & Zinc.

The expert: Mark Tripney – Agronomist for Calcifert

Mark TripneyMark works with farmers and the agricultural supply chain as an independent agronomist as well as a Technical Advisor to Calcifert. He specialises in soil and nutrients and how these affect the growth, yield and quality of a crop. 

Together with Calcifert, he helps provide information to the agricultural supply trade and agronomists on the importance of soil health and nutrient availability. Through the interpretation of comprehensive soil tests, he highlights the importance of quality products that supply what the farmer needs.

Dow AgroSciences

Stand 618

Discover Dow AgroSciences' range of crop protection products including the brand new herbicide product Zypar and a new Arylex active in OSR. Earn BASIS & NRoSO points while developing knowledge on weed and disease control and speak with Dow's team of experts about the company's entire product portfolio to ensure you are able to get the most of your broad-leaved weed herbicides.

Elsoms Seeds

Stand 641

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.

The experts:

Mark Nightingale – Elsoms Seeds, Trials and Technical Manager

Mark NightingaleMark 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

Adrian HaylerFollowing 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 JennawayRichard 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 SmithStephen 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.

Senova and Just Oats

Stand 913 and 911

Dr Sarah Clarke

Dr Sarah ClarkeSarah Clarke is a senior research scientist in the crop physiology group at ADAS, based in Nottinghamshire. She has wide-ranging knowledge of the arable sector, through her research work in the area, her PhD in crop science and degree in Agriculture, as well as her practical experience of working and living on farms. In her role at ADAS, she manages a wide range of projects, on cereal and OSR nutrition, canopy size manipulation and yield formation.

Sarah will be able to talk to visitors about oats and triticale nutrition, both current recommendations and recent research that was used in the recent review, and subsequent update, of RB209. Also, the risks of under and over-fertilisation.


Dr Sandy Cowan

Dr Sandy CowanDr Sandy Cowan received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde and West of Scotland Agricultural College in 1994 and works at IBERS, Aberystwyth University (formerly IGER). Sandy has worked with various crops, including forage legumes and spinach, but for the last 18 years has specialised on oats and has been head of the oat breeding section of the successful Public Good Plant Breeding Group at IBERS since 2008.  The group has a long and proven track record in producing leading oat varieties for the UK, including Gerald which won the NIAB Cereals Cup. IBERS’ partner Senova market all varieties.

Currently the targets in oat breeding are to enhance the many excellent features of oats and to improve yield and end use characteristics to maintain the position of oats as an attractive and economically competitive cereal.

Sandy will be available to speak about oat breeding, fertiliser recommendations and variety choice, projects involving research on nitrogen in oats and the role and uses of oats.



Stand 118

Syngenta will be showcasing it’s cutting-edge new SDHI fungicide, Elatus ERA.  15 years in the making, Elatus ERA provides control against a broad spectrum of diseases. 


Stand 802

With a somewhat uncertain future, and the volatility of markets and weather a reoccurring theme, it is important to understand what the key nutrients are by crop, the Return on Investment they represent and how best to maximise resource efficiency. The farmer can learn about all these areas through discussion, literature and presentations on the Yara stand.


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