Cereal YEN

The Cereal YEN was established in 2012, and is the longest running Yield Enhancement Network.

By joining the Cereal YEN, you will be able to benchmark your crops performance against other members, attend workshops with experience farmers, agronomists and scientists, and be eligible for the YEN Awards at the annual conference, held in November.

All members will be provided with a comprehensive report, detailing how their crop performed and where improvements could be made.

Annual Cereal YEN membership

Membership is open, and available to anyone; farmers, agronomists, and researchers.

Membership includes:

  • One entrance into the annual Cereal YEN competition* 
  • One free NRM Soil Health Check**
  • A comprehensive report on your crop’s performance
  • One ticket to the Annual Cereal YEN Conference
  • Group 1 wheat entries are also eligible for Milling Wheat Awards, presented at the AHDB Milling Wheat Conference.

*Members can enter multiple fields; additional charges apply.

**NRM Soil Health Checks must be carried out on the field entered into the competition. Soil analysis for additional field entered will be subject to additional charges. Soil samples returned after April may be charged for.

All winter and spring cereals, including wheat, barley, rye, triticale and oats, are eligible for entry into the Cereal YEN competition.

Membership Fees

UK based individual Cereal YEN Membership is £250 + VAT.

Where entries are supported by a UK based third party, that is not an official YEN Sponsor, Membership is £350 + VAT.

For all non-UK entries, Membership is £400.


Corporate Sponsors support the network to maintain its core activities.  Their vital role is recognised in all YEN publicity, media items, conference presentations, and on this website.

Sponsors have a key role in steering the evolution of the network and its activities.  They have access to network information, intelligence and discussions to support their own yield enhancement initiatives.

Sponsors can also make multiple competition entries, and have multiple attendance at the annual YEN conference. A few sponsors will also contribute some or all of individual farmers membership fees. For more information, please contact the Cereal YEN Project Manager.

Key Dates
Deadline for free NRM Soil Health analysis
Competition entry deadline
Cereal and Oilseed Annual Conference


Farmers are key to their own success at this year's YEN Awards

AUTHOR: Roger Sylvester-Bradley -
TAGS: Cereal YEN, Oilseed YEN

The annual awards meeting of the Yield Enhancement Network – or ‘YEN’ – held at Eastwood Hall near Nottingham on Tuesday 19th November was fuller than ever and debated more… More more

Crop Momentum YEN Yield Testing Farmer Innovation Group

AUTHOR: Damian Hatley -
TAGS: YEN Yield Testing, Cereal YEN

Crop momentum is a new concept arising from the experience of previous YEN competition winners.  The Crop Momentum ‘FIG’ (Farmer Innovation Group) was formed for the 2018-19 season to test whether… More more

Farmers test the impact of soil management on earthworms and deep rooting

AUTHOR: Charlotte White -
TAGS: YEN Yield Testing, Cereal YEN

The EIP-AGRI funded YEN Yield Testing project has brought together ADAS researchers, farmers and academics to test the impact of soil management on yield and rooting through encouraging deep… More more

Amino acid YEN Yield Testing Farmer Innovation Group

AUTHOR: Kate Storer -
TAGS: YEN Yield Testing, Cereal YEN

There is a lot of interest in the use of biostimulants to try and improve crop growth and yield, but relevant field scale evidence for UK cereal crops is currently limited. With support from ADAS… More more