09.30 Coffee and registration
10.30 Welcome to the conference – Chris Chinn, AGA Chairman
10.35 Introduction to Wayborough Farm – Edward and Matthew Spanton
10.50 Spearheading Growth, Asparagus UK Market Trends – Emma Fencott, Consumer Insight Director, Kantar Worldpanel
11.10 More Focus on Asparagus Roots will Enhance Productivity – Dr Dan Drost, Utah State University
AHDB FV450 Sustainable soil management for stand longevity and yield optimization in asparagus fields – Robert Simmons, Cranfield University
11.55 Gains & Losses of Crop Protection Actives – Vivian Powell, AHDB Horticulture
12.15 Lunch and view trade exhibition
13.30 Prospects for the Availability of Labour 2018 Onwards – David Camp, Association of Labour Providers
13.55 Post Harvest Field Activities – Claire Donkin
14.15 Workshop sessions:
a) Understanding Root Structures in the Field – Dr Dan Drost, Utah State University
Sustainable Soil Management – Robert Simmons, Cranfield University
b) How to Measure Soil Health in Practice – Dr Martin Wood, AHDB Horticulture GREATsoils Project, Earthcare Technical Ltd
c) Variety updates –
Beeren Plantproducts, John Beeren
Limgroup, Piet Beurskens
Teboza BV, Will Teeuwen and Michel Neefs
The above sessions will be half hour slots with change-over times of 15 minutes. Delegates will be split into groups on the day. If time allows Matthew & Edward Spanton will provide a tour of the asparagus fields.
16.00 – 17.00 View trade exhibition and Afternoon Tea


Thanet Earth (the UK’s largest glasshouse) have kindly offered to host a visit to their site on the afternoon of 17th July, commencing at 15.30pm, Thanet Earth Marketing Ltd, Barrow Man Road, Birchington, Kent, CT7 0AX. This visit is free to attend however we do require confirmation of attendance. Register your attendance on the contact page.


A list of local hotels are available at the AGA office for your convenience. Please note: Tickets will not be issued. Delegate name badges will be available for collection at the registration desk on the day.

For further information please contact Brooke Lovelock on 01507 353789 or email

Basis and NRoSO points will be applied for.