Agronomic Decision Making in an Uncertain Climate

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Changing weather patterns in N.W. Europe
Current impacts on crop management
Building resilience into farming practice

  • Tillage
  • Irrigation
  • Erosion
  • Rotations
  • Crop choice
  • Varieties
  • Cover crops
  • Crop nutrition and protection

In recent years unusual weather patterns in North West Europe indicate that we can no longer rely on a settled climate. In addition, plateauing of certain crop yields over the last 15 years may be, in part, a reflection of climate change. Hence, agronomic decision making can no longer follow time-honoured recipes. We need new approaches.

This conference will be themed around the agronomic management of key temperate crops, including cereals, oilseed rape, field vegetables and pasture/forage crops.  In each case, we will review the challenges faced in practice over the last few seasons, try and identify what does and does not work in agronomic management and draw out lessons to improve the effectiveness of decision-making under climate uncertainty.

Papers are now invited in these areas. The conference will be of interest to researchers, policy makers, agricultural land managers, agronomists and students of agriculture and environmental land management.

Invited speakers include:

  • Pete Smith (University of Aberdeen)
  • Sean Rickard (Sean Rickard Ltd, Independent Economic Analysis)
  • Roger Street (UKCIP)

Accepted papers will be published in the Aspects of Applied Biology series and available as part of the conference pack. Primary authors of accepted papers will be notified by session organisers by the end of January 2014, and sent instructions for the papers (6-8 pages for platform and 2-6 pages for poster presentations). Offers submitted by the 24th January 2014 deadline will be given priority for platform presentations. You can submit your offer using the attached form or online at our web site: