Farmers invited along to cereals conference at Marston

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As farmers struggle following a difficult harvest this year, a conference coming up at Marston aims to discuss solutions to protect crops in the future.

The National Farmers’ Union and research organisation HGCA will hold a half-day cerals conference at The Olde Barn Hotel on Tuesday, November 13, between 1pm and 4.15pm.

A range of topics are up for discussion, including raising yields to meet the needs of an increasing world population, environmental protection and recent research and its results.

Speakers will look at the stagnation of wheat and oilseed rape yields and the range of factors which might influence yields. These will include farmer behaviour, finances, climate, genetics and agronomy.

Expert speakers include agriculture and horticulture development board senior analyst Jack Watts, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council member Jim Godfrey, HGCA head of research Susannah Bolton and NFU combinable crops board chairman Andrew Watts.

To reserve a place at the half-day cereals concert at the hotel, in Toll Bar Road, Marston, call Laura Harrison at NFU East Midlands region on 01572 824250 or e-mail your name and details to