Cereal YEN

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

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

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 soil analysis report**
  • 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/

*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 £375 (Excl VAT).

Where entries are supported by a UK based third party that is not an official YEN Sponsor, Membership is £500 (Excl VAT).

For all non-UK entries, Membership is £450.

A few of our sponsors also offer to contribute some or all of individual farmers membership fees. If you are interested in entering YEN with the help of a sponsor, please fill out our sponsorship enquiry form.


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.

Key Dates
YEN Conference (2023 harvest)


Deriving Crop Metrics from Satellite data

Deriving Crop Metrics from Satellite data

AUTHOR: Daniel Kindred -
TAGS: Cereal YEN, Farm-PEP info, Dynamic Benchmarking

In the YENs we have long seen the potential value from using satellite derived Earth Observation data to get useful information to monitor and compare crops. We have involved the YEN in several… more

Success for Farm-PEP with Defra Farming Innovation Pathways funding

Success for Farm-PEP with Defra Farming Innovation Pathways funding

AUTHOR: Daniel Kindred -
TAGS: Farm-PEP info, Agronomics, Dynamic Benchmarking, Cereal YEN

We are really pleased to announce that we've been successful in the Defra & UKRI Farming… more

YEN Nutrition explained in Yara's podcast

YEN Nutrition explained in Yara's podcast

AUTHOR: Roger Sylvester-Bradley -
TAGS: YEN Nutrition, Cereal YEN, Bean YEN, Pea YEN, Oilseed YEN

Listen to Ken Rundle interview me about how YEN began ... and how YEN Nutrition works ... and why I refuse to retire! .. here https://www.yara.co.uk/crop-nutrition/agronomy-advice/podcasts/   


Wheat Yield Prospects for 2021

Wheat Yield Prospects for 2021

AUTHOR: Daniel Kindred -
TAGS: Yield, Cereal YEN

Whilst harvest of barley and oilseed rape has now started on many farms, it is up to three weeks later than was seen last year, which whilst frustrating, should be good for yield… more

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