BBRO Crop Benchmarking
In 2017, BBRO has started a new programme of crop benchmarking. This has been initiated in response to requests from many growers.
A pilot group of growers and crops (including the BBRO Demonstration Farms) are involved initially with the intention to expand to all growers when the best methodology and application has been identified.
BBRO 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 is expected that this will highlight what areas of crops management can be targeted as priorities for yield improvement.
BBRO has been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant to support sugar beet benchmarking, working with our partners at Nottingham University to provide scientific and expert knowledge support. The programme will be led by Toby Townsend, who joined the BBRO team on the 2nd May. Toby will be based at the BBRO Norwich office, 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 developments.