October 01, 2015

01/10/2015: CEREALS 2015: New conference format packed with technical advice

First published in Milling and Grain, June 2015

A revamped conference programme at Cereals 2015 will provide growers with key information on some of the hottest topics in the arable sector while allowing them more time to explore the event.

Recognising that many visitors are pressed for time, the technical seminars have a new format. Each session will consist of an intensive 20-minute presentation from a leading expert followed by a 10-minute question and answer session.

Cereals event director Jon Day says: “The condensed seminars will last no more than 30 minutes each but will be packed with advice, while giving growers a chance to put their own questions to the experts.

“The new format will allow visitors to pick up as much information as before from the seminars but in a shorter time, so they can spend more of their day visiting the trade stands, crop plots and working demonstrations.”


Topics to be covered include the Yield Enhancement Network’s role in maximising yield potential; the loss of active ingredients; no-till establishment and the role of data in agriculture to enhance performance and increase returns.

Visitors can also hear about blackgrass control; the role of cover crops; preserving soil organic matter and effective OSR pest management. The talks will be interspersed with sessions hosted by The Arable Conference at Cereals, partnered by The Oxford Farming Conference.

Three debates headlined by industry-leading farmers, scientists, policymakers and environmentalists take place over the two days, with plenty of opportunity for the audience to have their say. Subject matter includes GM and the potential of novel and non-food crops; where resistant varieties will come from (and whether the sector can rely on the Recommended List) and the role of precision farming in achieving yield potential.

Al Brooks, 2016 Oxford Farming Conference chairman, says: “The line-up of panelists and speakers is outstanding, as is the range of topics being covered. We have speakers from around the world joining the panel sessions; and with GM and the reliability of the Recommended Lists being debated, we’re certain to create some animated discussion – something we never shy away from at the Oxford Farming Conference.”          

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.

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