Agronomy Conference 2023

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Thursday, 07 December 2023

9:00am - 4:00pm

Join us online for this year's Agronomy Conference for insight into the latest research on practical agronomy for the whole rotation.

The event, which is now in its seventeenth year, features a mix of in-depth technical papers and expert-led thematic overviews. A full programme will be released shortly.

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Answers to delegate questions raised during the conference but not addressed (due to time constraints)



  • 9:00am Welcome – Ana Reynolds, AHDB

Session 1: Pests 

  • 9:15am Defra’s research investment in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – Holly Alpren, Defra 
  • 9:30am IPM: AHDB research update – Sacha White, ADAS
  • 9.55am Beneficial Insects: Management Practices – John Holland, Agroecologist  
  • 10:15am Pests Q&A with session speakers 
  • 10:30am Break 

Session 2: Diseases 

  • 10:35am Fungicide performance and resistance update – Rebecca Joynt and Philip Walker, ADAS 
  • 11:30am AHDB’s decision support tools – Catherine Harries, AHDB 
  • 11:50am Break  
  • 11:55pm Contaminants monitoring – Dhan Bhandari, AHDB 
  • 12:15 pm UKCPVS: Benefits to breeders, power to growers, making the service faster – Charlotte Nellist, NIAB 
  • 12:35pm Disease Q&A with session speakers  
  • 12:50pm Lunch (20 min) 

Session 3: Varieties 

  • 1:10pm Lessons from the Recommended Lists (RL) trials – Paul Gosling, AHDB 
  • 1:30pm Lessons from the RL review – Jenna Watts, AHDB 
  • 1:50pm Wheat variety blends; genetic, agronomy and supply chain considerations – Aoife O’Driscoll, NIAB 
  • 2:10pm Varieties Q&A with session speakers 
  • 2:25m Break 

Session 4: Nutrients 

  • 2:30pm RB209 50 years and the future – Amanda Bennett, AHDB 
  • 2:50pm Grain Nutrient Benchmarking: What YEN data reveals about nutrient planning – Tamara Fitters, ADAS 
  • 3:10pm Target pH: What’s the ‘right’ lime quantity and quality?  Mark Tripney, ISoils and Kevin Havekes, Fane Valley
  • 3:25pm Protected Urea: an overview – Patrick Stephenson, Agronomist  
  • 3:40pm Session 5 panel session 


  • 3:55pm Closing remarks – Ana Reynolds, AHDB 
  • 4:00pm End 

Following the conference, videos of the presentations will be available on the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds YouTube channel.

The event is free, and BASIS and NRoSO points will be available for attending.