The event, which will be hosted by the College in its Olympic-standard equine arena, will feature keynote speakers David Downie, CEO of Agrii, Adam Henson, Countryfile presenter, Colin Lloyd, Head of Agronomy at Agrii and Guinness World Record holder, Rod Smith, who recorded a record-breaking crop yield of 16.52 t/ha in 2015.
College Chief Executive and Principal Jeanette Dawson OBE, believes the event is a must for all growers who are keen to ensure their businesses are healthy enough to meet the challenges of climate change, sustainability and unpredictable market forces.
She said: “The event is offering a programme of speakers who will give delegates a real insight into how business leaders are preparing for the challenges facing the industry.
“They will hear about how research and development can deliver tangible benefits, how they can maximise their crop yield and how the market is exploring solutions to a variety of on-going challenges. I am confident that this year’s programme will lead to lively debate and plenty of new ideas for attendees to think about.”
This year, David Downie, CEO of Agrii will address the challenges facing UK agriculture, and consider Agrii’s response and support. Head of Agronomy, Colin Lloyd, will report on Agrii’s catch and cover crop work being carried out in Cambridgeshire, and the use of these crops as part of a cultural control strategy in the battle against blackgrass.
The conference will also hear from Rod Smith, the new Guinness World Record holder for the highest wheat yield per hectare. Rod, who runs a family farm with a vision for high output crops, will explain the importance of having a dedicated team supported by Agrii agronomists, and how his soil and crop management has paid dividends.
And back by popular demand, is conference headline speaker, Countryfile presenter, Adam Henson. Adam will update the conference on his TV role and how he tackles difficult farming issues, making them relevant to the general public.
He’ll also talk about surviving on the thin Cotswold brash where yields are limited, and some of the changes they’ve made to the farm machinery and acreage, and their environmental work.
Adam will also take part in a Q&A session at the Future Farmers of Yorkshire meeting being held in the afternoon, with some of the College’s agriculture students and young farmers from across the region.
Alongside the keynote speakers, delegates will be able to browse around 50 displays and exhibition stands including machinery manufacturers, technology providers, plant breeders, SoilQuest precision agronomy, and agchem and fertiliser manufacturers.
“I think anyone who is growing food in the Yorkshire and Humber region should come along to the event,” said Agrii’s John Moore. “It’s quickly becoming one of the most important fixtures on the farming calendar and they are certainly going to be educated and entertained in equal measure.”