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Tuber Talk: The AHDB Agronomists’ Conference 2018

22 October 2018

The AHDB Agronomists’ Conference has broadened its scope to turn research into practical agronomy for the whole rotation.

This year’s new look Agronomists’ Conference takes place on 4–5 December at the Kettering Conference Centre.

Featuring speakers on potato production, storage and crop protection, a new format for this popular agronomy event aims to maximise interactions between speakers and delegates by providing more opportunities for debate through two types of session.

Panel sessions

These sessions comprise of three papers linked by one common theme. Each paper presents the latest technical developments and concludes with a panel discussion on that theme. These sessions will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Day 1 session themes include Crop Protection in Potatoes (including blight and PCN control) and Resource Management in Potatoes (including soils, irrigation and calcium).

Day 2 session themes include Crop Protection in Cereals and Oilseeds (including fungicide performance, pest 
thresholds and herbicide strategies) and crop nutrition in cereals and oilseeds (including sulphur and nitrogen management).

Workshop sessions

Six workshops will run in parallel each day. At registration, delegates will be asked to declare which workshops they would prefer to attend. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshops sessions are designed to harness delegates’ experience and look to challenge the approaches currently being taken on farm. These exclusive sessions will not be livestreamed on YouTube.

Enhanced networking Opportunities for networking have also been enhanced. A key component of this is a networking dinner, which takes place on the first day (4 December) at a nearby venue, Kettering Park Hotel and Spa. The dinner concludes with a thought-provoking and entertaining after-dinner speaker. Pricing and booking information:

  • One-day ticket = £49+VAT
  • Two-day ticket = £89+VAT

Ticket prices include lunch(es), refreshments and the networking dinner

The dinner, which is for the evening of 4 December only, is funded by AHDB.  As such, discounts are not available for delegates who choose not to attend this element of the conference. 

BASIS and NRoSO points will be available. 

To book a place and for further event information, visit potatoes

The conference Twitter hashtag is #AgConf18.

The six workshop topics are:

  • Workshop 1 – Field vegetable agronomy with SCEPTREplus
  • Workshop 2 – Pea and bean agronomy
  • Workshop 3 – Potato storage and quality
  • Workshop 4 – Cereal varieties (managing risk and growing for the market)
  • Workshop 5 – Use of precision technology in monitoring, mapping and application
  • Workshop 6 – Weed control in arable rotations


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