Arable Horizons Agenda 2018

Morning agenda

Registration, networking & coffee

Introduction to the day
Karl Schneider, Farmers Weekly Editorial Director

The Nozzle Guy – an international perspective
Tom Wolf, Agrimetrix

Tom Wolf is a Canadian-based specialist in spray technology research, with particular expertise in spray drift and pesticide efficacy. Tom will give attendees an insight into Canadian agriculture and share his experiences of working with farmers to help them meet their application goals.

Practical tools and techniques to help optimise spray application
James Thomas, New Farming Technologies Specialist, Syngenta

James will discuss the latest innovations in spray application technology from across Europe and how they can be practically implemented onto your farm.

Responsible use of pesticides – how good are we?
Paul Temple, Chairman, Voluntary Initiative

The responsible use of pesticides is essential to protect water and the wider environment and to avoid unnecessary regulation on the sector. Paul will look at the regulatory pressures and what spray operators need to be aware of to demonstrate pesticide stewardship.

Afternoon agenda

Lunch & networking

Behind the scenes at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus

NAFIC is home to Crop Health and Protection Limited (CHAP), one of the government’s four Agri-Tech Centres established in 2015, and Fera Science, a national and international centre of excellence for scientific research and advice, including crop health and chemical regulation issues.

Tour some of the facilities which is likely to include a look at a new state-of-the-art E-flows facility, designed to test the flow of pesticides through watercourses using a test bed of streams, ditches or ponds that represent edge-of-field surface water bodies.

Panel discussion: The future of spray application
Clive Blacker, Precision Decisions
Tom Wolf, Agrimetrix
Jack Wrangham, Drone Ag

Look at how spray application is changing, looking at new precision-based techniques such as variable rate spraying, optical spot spraying and pulse width modulation systems. It will also examine the potential of drone technology to deliver spray applications on UK farms.

Group discussions

Conference summary
Karl Schneider, Farmers Weekly Editorial Director

*Agenda subject to change