BBRO Crop Benchmarking
In 2017, BBRO is starting a new programme of crop benchmarking. This is being initiated on the request of many growers.
A pilot group of growers and crops (including the BBRO Demonstration Farms) will be involved initially with the intention to expand to all growers when the best methodology and application has been identified.
Benchmarking between actual crop yield levels will also include assessment and benchmarking of the yield potential of crops. This will use a recently updated and validated UK sugar beet growth model. It expected that this will highlight what areas of crops management can be targeted as priorities for yield improvement.
BBRO was recently awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant to support this initiative, working with our partners at Nottingham University to provide scientific and expert knowledge support. The award will support a position, based at BBRO, for 3 years.
We will be featuring and following several benchmarking case studies on the website both as the crop develops throughout the season as well as after the all-important post-harvest analysis. Keep an eye on the website for future developments