Important dates:

  • Abstract submission30 September 2016
  • Paper submission10 December 2016

The conference, which is the sixth in this series, will provide a major platform for the dissemination of recent and possible future developments in crop protection and production research and practice with a focus on dissemination to advisers and practitioners. 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 or address key practical issues for crop production. Topics that are likely to feature throughout the sessions include:

• plant breeding and variety improvement

• optimising nutrient management

• building soil fertility and soil health

• optimising crop rotations

• optimising pesticide use

• the role of non-chemical measures to support and sustain pesticide control measures

• understanding and responding to pesticide resistance

• implications of the loss or potential loss of authorisation of key pesticide products

• meeting market and environmental requirements

• new active ingredients and their role in future crop protection systems

• assessing, mapping and determining site-specific management requirements

• the role of new technologies, such as sensing methods, UAV platforms and robotics, in future arable systems

• the role of cover crops in arable systems

• novel methods of crop protection and crop management

• pesticide application technology


All offers of papers relevant to current and future cropping systems will be considered for presentation at the conference


Sessions are likely to be arranged around the following 6 topic areas:

• future cropping strategies

• the role of plant breeding in delivering sustainable intensification

• optimising soil and nutrient management for yield, quality and environmental protection goals

• regulatory, environmental, economic and consumer considerations for future crop production

• control of weeds, diseases, insects and other pests in arable crops

• precision application of site-specific management requirements