2016 Arable Conference schedule announced

Preparing for the 2016 Arable Conference
Preparing for the 2016 Arable Conference

The 2016 Arable Conference will take place on Tuesday 12 January 2016 at CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, Antrim.

This all-day conference jointly organised by CAFRE, the Ulster Arable Society (UAS) and the UFU will explore what contributes to bumper yields.

The theme of this year’s conference “max yield from the field” will be focusing on important aspects of yield formation and nutrition across a number of crops and examining the link between yield and profitability.

The running order for the conference is as follows:

9.30am - Registration

10am - Welcome / Introduction – James Mathers (UAS Chair)

10.10am - Opening Speech – Paul Temple (Chair of the AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds)

10.30am - The importance of yield to profitability – Robin Bolton (DARD, CAFRE)

10.55am - Contributors to Spring Barley yield - John Spink (Teagasc)  

11.25am - Maximizing yield, a farmer’s view – Colin McGregor (Farmer)  

11.50am - Discussion session (Speaker Panel) - facilitated by James Mathers

1.45pm - Afternoon session introduction – Eric Long (CAFRE)

2pm - The Yield Enhancement Network Project (YEN) - Roger Sylvester-Bradley (ADAS)

2.40pm - Crop nutrition for maximum yield- Mark Tucker (Yara)

3.10pm - Breaking the wheat yield plateau, lessons from around the world - Jake Freestone (Nuffield Scholar)

3.40pm - Discussion (Speaker Panel) and overall summary - Andy Doyle (Tillage Editor, IFJ)

4.15pm - Conference close (Ivor Ferguson, UFU).

For further details see the UAS website at www.ulsterarablesociety.org.uk. Late registrations welcome. Cost for the event is £30.