Onion & Carrot Conference 2017

East Midlands Conference Centre

The Onion & Carrot Conference is to be held on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, Beeston Lane, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ.

Registration for delegate, dinner and accommodation is now open. If you would like to register to attend this event please follow the link to confirm your booking - http://www.onionandcarrotconference.co.uk/registration-form/


8.30 Registration, Coffee and View Trade Exhibition

Morning Chairman – Dr Tim Lacey, Bayer Crop Science

9.45 Welcome and introduction by morning Chairman – Dr Tim Lacey, Bayer Crop Science

9.50 Opening Address – Daniel Johns, Deputy Director, Farming Markets, Future Farming Directorate, Defra

10.10 The impact of Losing Farm Support on the New Zealand Agricultural Industry – Mike Peterson, New Zealand Special Agricultural Trade Envoy

10.40 Managing the World’s First Hands Free Hectare – Debbie Heeks & Jonathan Gill, Harper Adams University , National Centre for Precision Farming

11.00 Carrot delegates move to breakout room (No coffee break)

Carrot Technical Session – Chair –  Ian Holmes, BCGA R&D Committee Chairman

11.10 Advances and Automation in Carrot Handling, Sorting and Grading – Charlie Rich,  Tong Engineering Ltd

11.30 Understanding the Ecology and Epidemiology of Pythium sp. causing Cavity Spot on Carrots – Kathryn Hales, PhD Student, Warwick Crop Centre, University of Warwick, ADHB Horticulture FV432

11.50 Using Gene Activity Measurements for Quality Assessments – Mrs. Nathalie Verhoef, PhD, Senior Scientist, NSure BV, AHDB Horticulture FV448

12.05 An Introduction to SCEPTREplus – Joe Martin, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board

12.15 A new Nematicide and other Innovations for the Future of Carrot Growing – Dr Tim Lacey, Campaign Manager for Horticulture, Bayer Crop Science Division

Onion Technical Session – Chair – Sam Rix, British Onions R&D Chairman

11.10 Diagnostic Tests for Future Disease Control – Philip Langley, Agronomist, Sandfields Farms Ltd

11.30 Improved Understanding of Fusarium basal rot and Resistance in Onion – Dr John Clarkson, Warwick Crop Centre, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, AHDB Horticulture CP116

11.50 Vision-based Weed vs Crop Discrimination for Selective Weeding – Dr Petra Bosilj, University of Lincoln

12.10 Prospects for the Onion Marketing Season Ahead – Andrew Holding, Chairman, British Onions

12.30 Lunch & View Trade Exhibition

Welcome from afternoon Chairman – Chris Bettinson, Elsoms Seeds

2.15 Future prospects for the Onion & Carrot Sectors – Andrew Francis, Farm Manager, Elveden Farms Ltd

2.55 Developments in On-line Retailing – Kevin Hancock, Senior Buying Manager, Ocado

3.35 The Growth of Non-Retail – Tim O’Malley, Group Managing Director, Nationwide Produce

4.05 Closing remarks – Tim Elcombe, British Onions Vice Chairman

4.15 Tea & cake and View Trade Exhibition

5.30 Conference closes

7.00 for 8.00 Conference Dinner Drinks Reception