The conference, which is the sixth in the series, comes at an opportune time. The current
challenges to the UK arable industry are very significant as is the uncertainty over its future. The need for good scientific bases for decision-making, not only on crop protection and management but also on such issues as pesticide registration and use, continues to be of the upmost importance. The organisers have responded to the current issues in the programme by adding two features. The HSE’s Chemicals Registration Division is running a workshop seeking views on possibilities for improving pesticide labels, stewardship, integrated pest management uptake and other practicalities. They also want to listen to the views of farmers and advisers on the opportunities and risks concerning pesticide regulation following an exit from the EU. In addition, there is a panel discussion on crop rotations in the light of low crop margins, pesticide registration issues and pesticide resistance. The first day concentrates on crop protection. Papers covering current topics such as minimising the impact of pesticide withdrawals and resistance make up a significant part of the programme, which includes subjects such as newly introduced chemistry, improved field management of pesticides and cultural control.
The second day concentrates on crop production and in addition to the panel discussion on
rotations includes papers on some key aspects of crop nutrition, the all important subject of soil management and how plant breeding can respond to the current and future challenges for food production.
Presentations and the poster from this conference are produced in Volume 134 of the Aspects of Applied Biology series. Copies are available for delegates at the Conference.
Richard Hull, Graham Jellis, Mike May, Paul Miller, Stephen Moss, Caroline Nicholls, Jim Orson.