Welcome to AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Summer Hub.
Below you will find links to the latest practical information, research, market information, free publications and on-farm trial updates to help inform your decisions this summer. You will also find AHDB contacts for each area of work so you can contact us at any time.

Environment & Farming

Environmental sustainability is a key focus area, especially with changes to subsidy support and the industry’s aim to be carbon neutral by 2050. AHDB's soils, nutrition and environment research is continually being tested and reviewed to provide the most up-to-date technical information and tools.

Environment & Farming: On-farm trials

AHDB Strategic Cereal Farms put research into practice with the view of making their business more environmentally and economically sustainable. There are currently three Strategic Cereal Farms trialling soil and crop management interventions to reduce artificial inputs and improve soil health. Results and progress to-date can be found below:

Environment: Key contacts

Jon Foot

Head of Environment & Resource Management

Amanda Bennett

Resource Management Scientist

Georgina Key

Resource Management Scientist

David Ball

Environment & Buildings Senior Manager

James Holmes

Environment Senior Scientist

Emily Pope

Senior Knowledge Transfer Manager (Cereals & Oilseeds)

Harry Henderson

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Cereals & Oilseeds

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a coordinated and planned strategy for the prevention, detection and control of pests, weeds, and diseases. AHDB’s in-depth guides and tools can help you identify species, understand their lifecycle and provide important thresholds to help you identify risk and plan accordingly. AHDB’s independent information on varieties and fungicide performance are also key to planning IPM strategies.

IPM: On-farm trials

Strategic Cereal Farms have been putting IPM research into practice since they started in 2017. There are many trials that have shown a better cost of production with reduced inputs, focussing on variety selection and tailoring applications accordingly. More information can be found on the Harvest 2020 results page or via the links below:

ADAS’ Wheat Margin Challenge encourages farmers to develop crop management strategies that maximise gross margins rather than yield alone. AHDB Farm Excellence hosts have taken part in the challenge since 2019 and have seen the best gross margins with reduced fungicide inputs:

IPM: Key contacts

Don Pendergrast

Head of Crop Health and IPM

Robert Saville

Crop protection scientist

Sue Cowgill

Crop Protection Senior Scientist: Pests

Paul Gosling

Senior Manager: Recommended Lists

Mark Bollebakker

Field trials senior manager

Emily Pope

Senior Knowledge Transfer Manager (Cereals & Oilseeds)

Markets & Policy

Prices, markets and supplies shift continuously. AHDB’s market intelligence team provides farmers, growers and food businesses the world-leading intelligence and insight to inform decisions. Whether it is the latest prices or shifting consumer trends, detailed insight on the big issues or the future outlook for supply or demand for agricultural commodities, our team of experts can help provide the information you need.

Markets & Policy: Key contacts

Helen Plant

Senior Analyst - cereals & oilseeds

David Eudall

Head of Market Specialists Arable

Anthony Speight

Analyst Cereals and Oilseeds

Vikki Campbell

Arable Market Specialist Manager

Tom Forshaw

Senior Analyst - Policy

Amandeep Kaur Purewal

Senior Analyst - Policy

David Swales

Head of Strategic Insight

James Webster

Senior Analyst

Business & Skills

AHDB’s report Preparing for change: the characteristics of top performing farms showed that those in the top 25% set goals and budgets, have a mindset for change and innovation, continually improved people management and minimise their overhead costs. Below are resources which can help evaluate your business, develop your leadership skills, identify areas to cut costs such as collaborating with neighbouring businesses and planning a business strategy to help you thrive.

Business & Skills: Key contacts

Mark Campbell

Knowledge Exchange Manager - AgriLeader

Izak Van Heerden

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager – Business, Insights & Skills

Amie Burke

Skills Manager


Order a publication

If you would like to order a hard copy of one of our publications, please contact:

  • Email: publications@ahdb.org.uk
  • Telephone: 02477 990 069

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In your region

Get involved in your region by attending a Monitor Farm or Strategic Farm event. Contact your local Knowledge Exchange Manager to find out more about AHDB events, tools and services.

Richard Meredith

Interim Head of Arable Knowledge Exchange

Michelle Nuttall

Knowledge Exchange Manager – Cereals & Oilseeds

Rose Riby

Knowledge Exchange Manager – Cereals & Oilseeds

Chris Leslie

Knowledge Exchange Manager – Cereals & Oilseeds

Philip Dolbear

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Cereals and Oilseeds

Teresa Meadows

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Cereals and Oilseeds

Judith Stafford

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Cereals and Oilseeds

Paul Hill

Knowledge Exchange Manager – Beef & Lamb