Cereals: The Arable Event


Stand 919

AHDB will focus on efficacy and the latest guidance to help growers manage resistance risks in UK weed populations. In addition to the black-grass plots, there will also be a ‘glyphosate resistance’ update seminar at 09:45 on both event days (in the main AHDB 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 635

The Bayer stand will have an area dedicated to black-grass control. This will include an interactive section where visitors can work through a programme for black-grass control including cultural control methods and chemical controls using building blocks with the aim to put together a programme with the best chance of success for the situation growers find themselves in. Bayer will also have a large weed-screen demonstration, which will help growers understand the various herbicides on offer and what grassweeds they will control (and different types of resistant black-grass strains).

Cereals' Arable Conference in association with De Lacy Executive

The arable conference is the centre for industry-leading debates, panel discussions and technical seminars.  Check out:

• Wed 11:45 Pre-harvest use of glyphosate should be banned

• Wed 14:30 Farming without glyphosate, the reality

• Thurs 14:00 Blackgrass – taking a different approach

Find out more


Stand 405

Stand focus:

  • Blackgrass control and the flexible benefits of using a straight flufenacet cereal pre-emergence herbicide, Sunfire and System 50 in a programmed approach
  • ICM strategies and best practice for sustainable blackgrass control

Key messages:

  • Sustainable Blackgrass control requires a holistic approach
  • Importance of cultural control elements before the herbicide programme begins
  • Flufenacet is more effective at pre-emergence
  • Stacking of herbicide mode of actions is important for resistance management
  • Straight flufenacet is a flexible stacking partner and should be mixed
  • Cereals provides an opportunity to discuss your blackgrass questions with BASIS qualified experts from the Certis UK team

Company and employee expertise:

Certis UK is a leading crop protection business committed to providing a wide range of innovative, integrated crop protection products and tools, designed to help growers meet today’s production challenges.

The company supplies crop protection solutions to support growers from soil preparation through to harvest across a wide range of crops. Certis UK conducts research and development field trials to demonstrate crop performance to support new and maintain existing product registrations and improve application knowledge at local and European level.

The company’s virtual trial hub which was launched in 2014, was specifically designed by Certis UK for agronomists, and allowed direct comparisons between trial plots from the previous season. This allows assessment on the levels of blackgrass control from a variety of pre and post-emergence treatments with different stacking options, through the use of video and photography footage.

The Experts:

Adrian Sisson

Adrian Sisson




Chris Charnock

Chris Charnock



Elsoms Seeds

Stand 641

Talk to staff about the commercial field trials that have been carried out looking at using Hybrid and Conventional Rye to counter high blackgrass populations.

The experts:

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

Dr 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.

John Deere

Stand 116

John Deere's 750A All-Till seed drill is designed for no-till drilling into stubble, and working after minimum or conventional cultivations. The drill’s minimal soil disturbance at the point of drilling offers huge benefits for the control of blackgrass, making it ideal for use in stale seedbeds where unnecessary soil movement could encourage further competitive weed seed germination and subsequent yield loss.


Stand 445

KWS are one of the few UK breeders to have a dedicated spring wheat programme – experts will be on-hand to discuss all aspects of spring cropping, including its role in blackgrass control, based around the latest, most marketable wheats, barleys and oats.

The expert – John Miles

John MilesSon of a Hampshire farm manager, from the age of 13 John spent most school holidays lambing or working in the field so it was a logical step to move on to study Agriculture and Crops. Attending Harper Adams helped hone his interest in agronomy and after graduating he joined KWS as a breeding assistant.

John then moved into the trials department to become a trails officer and then field operations manager in charge of inputs.

For over 5 years now John has brought his technical skills into the commercial department where he’s responsible for large scale commercial trials and communicating best growing practices across to the trade, consultant agronomists and farmers in everything from technical literature to open days and on to the press. 

“I still love getting outside – each year, is different and it is good to catch up with what is happening on farm, filtering out and passing on the best advice to our stakeholders”.


Stand 620

NIAB TAG will be providing the latest advice and research in independent agronomy, crop genetics and data science with a focus on future developments and the role of technology, including:

Understanding the risk factors for black-grass control in winter oilseed rape, winter wheat and spring cereals (includes demonstration plots)

Understanding the risk factors for blackgrass control in winter oilseed rape, winter wheat and spring cereals (includes demonstration plots).

The experts:

John Cussans

John CussansJohn has two roles at NIAB TAG: Weed Biology Specialist, responsible for managing research on weed biology, management and control; and Agronomy Knowledge Transfer Development Manager, involving development and promotion of knowledge transfer activities. John has a degree in Applied Plant Biology and worked on a range of weed projects at Rothamsted Research for 15 years prior to joining NIAB TAG. He is responsible for NIAB TAG’s National Black-grass Research Centre near Cambridge, supported by its sister site at Wragby in Lincolnshire. Alongside research into traditional cultural and chemical techniques, research is also looking at more radical control methods including inter-row spraying, herbicide synergists and nano-technology.

Stuart Knight

Stuart KnightDeputy Director of NIAB, with a background in agronomy, Stuart’s responsibilities include field crop research, technical services and knowledge exchange. He leads a number of research projects, and his interests include combinable crop husbandry; management of soil and fertiliser nutrients; monitoring and control of cereal fungal diseases; evaluation of new crop protection chemicals; managing within-field variation; decision support; and the impact of farming systems and management practices on farm performance.


Stand 829

The prevalence of blackgrass is ever growing and tackling it requires a multi-pronged approach of rotational, biological cultural and chemical controls. In the fight against this endemic weed farmers must have access to the whole toolbox and this includes access to vital plant protection products. With a number of key  active ingredients up for re-registration come and speak to Emma Hamer, Senior Plant Health Adviser, and other NFU staff colleagues about how you can get involved in the campaign to explain why farmers use PPPs  and why they are important for a healthy harvest.

The Expert - Emma Hamer, NFU Senior Plant Health Adviser

Emma HamerEmma Hamer is the Senior Plant Health Adviser at the NFU, advising members on plant health and crop protection issues. Her role involves working closely with NFU members, research institutes, agrochemical companies, and regulators both in the UK and Brussels to lobby for risk-based regulation to ensure farmers have access to the actives they need to grow their crops effectively. Areas which are of particular relevance to Emma are keeping actives available for UK growers, resistance management and encouraging uptake of stewardship to enable the safe, sustainable use of Plant Protection Products. Previous roles include working in agriculture; in the plant breeding industry and as a Plant Health and Seeds Inspector at Defra. She also has a small beef and arable farm in North Oxfordshire which she runs with her husband.


Stand 3044

Ma/Ag low soil disturbance direct disc drill will be on display.  It is designed to drill into sterile seed beds and cover crops commonly used to control blackgrass, the key is then to establish a following crop with minimal disturbance to the soil and therefore avoiding/minimising the germination of dormant blackgrass seeds, which is where the Ma/Ag SSP drill fits in the system.

The Expert - Mark Harrison

Mark HarrisonOur resident expert is company director, Mark Harrison. Brought up in a family farming business and with a OND in Agriculture from back in 1988,  Mark is not even qualified to drive modern tractors, so prefers his vintage collection!

Blackgrass has been around for years, but it has flourished in our world of minimal tillage, lack of crop rotation and over reliance on chemicals when we got it wrong. At Ryetec we can’t pretend we know all or any of the answers but, if you can provide a sterile seed bed, then if you can drill it with minimal soil disturbance and not encourage the germination of the blackgrass seeds lying dormant, you might just stand a chance.

That’s where we can help, the Ma/Ag drill offers first and foremost, low disturbance with its straight disc coulter, but also uniform depth control and low power requirement. It is a relatively cheap way to establish a crop without destroying existing soil structure or encourage germination of unwanted weeds but with a quick and effective germination of the grain to quickly compete with any weeds which do germinate.

That’s it, pure and simple!

Yes, we can drill cover crops for over winter ground cover and to discourage blackgrass from germinating and taking over. The Ma/Ag drill can then drill directly into the cover crop with spring cereals to minimise the germination of new blackgrass plants, it does work and we’ve seen the results, come for a chat and see the Ma/Ag drill on our stand at Cereals.

Teejet Technologies

Stand 122

Teejet will have banners, leaflets and samples concerning best nozzles to use based on independent research work carried out in the UK.

The Expert – Tim Stuenkel

Tim StuenkelTim Stuenkel serves as the Global Marketing Communications Manager for TeeJet Technologies, based in Wheaton, IL, USA. In this role he focuses on a wide variety of marketing related activities including: print and digital publications, website, social media, advertising, trade shows, public relations, promotions, and related disciplines, worldwide. 

Stuenkel has been with TeeJet for over 17 years and previous job roles have included: Applications Technical Support, Precision Farming Sales, and Sales Engineering. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois and a Master’s of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University.

Tim was born and raised on a row-crop and pig farm in Illinois. He continues to be engaged in production agriculture today.


Stand 802

Managing blackgrass from a crop nutrition perspective. Yara's advice will centre around the following:

  • Many farmers are looking to drill wheat later to give them enough time to kill off as much blackgrass as possible. However, the delay in drilling will have an impact on crop performance which really needs to be addressed by crop nutrition and fertilizer use. Developing a robust nutrition management plan is essential to ensure that you establish your crop as quickly as possible despite the late drilling, and maximise early spring growth.
  • A robust, healthy crop that has been well established and has a strong root system will provide better competition to blackgrass growth and spread. Again, fertilizer application and crop nutrition can play a big part in this.


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