The Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) is an independent, industry-wide effort to improve crop yields. It brings together agricultural organisations, farmers and researchers.
Yields across the UK have stabilised over the past 30 years. With conditions taken into account, average yields remain below calculated potential yields.
In 2012, we began our first network to investigate ways to improve the yields of cereals. This has now expanded to include networks for oilseed, bean, pea, potato, and forage. Networks operate in multiple countries including UK, Canada, and Sweden.
The YEN aims to identify, encourage and support arable innovators, whether on farms or in labs.
The YEN estimates yield potentials and yield gaps for any crop. At the annual YEN awards held after harvest, our crop physiologists identify the highest crop yields grown that year.
Through analysis, we can identify yield restrictions. By learning how to best address these restrictions, growers may be able to improve yields year on year. We encourage and support farmer led research to find innovative ideas that may enhance crop yields.
Each network is funded by multiple corporate sponsors and they are vital in supporting core activities. There are a number of benefits to being a YEN sponsor and intelligence collected through YEN can help their own yield enhancement initiatives.