Papers are likely to range in content from those with a high biological science focus, to those that report new options for chemical or non-chemical control approaches to weed, pest and disease management in crops.
Themes that are likely to feature include:
- Optimising the field management of pesticides, including application
- The role of non-chemical measures to support and sustain pesticide control measures
- Improving crop tolerance to weeds, pests and diseases including current and new approaches to plant breeding
- Understanding and responding to pesticide resistance
- Improved decision guidelines for crop protection procedures
- Implications of the loss or potential loss of approval of key pesticide active ingredients
- Implications of the Water Framework Directive
- New active ingredients and their role in future crop protection systems
- Impact of climate change and crop management on weeds, insects and diseases and their management
- Assessing, mapping and applying site specific management requirements
Sessions are likely to be arranged around the following topic area:
- Disease management in combinable crops
- Weed control in combinable crops
- Insect and mollusc control in combinable crops
- Crop protection in root crops
- Precision application of site specific management requirements
Farming Minister, George Eustice, is pencilled in to give a talk on the second day, but a senior DEFRA official will take his place if he cannot attend.
The NFU’s senior regulatory affairs adviser, Dr Chris Hartfield, will give a talk on how Brexit will change crop protection for UK farmers and growers.
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