BBRO Crop Benchmarking
BBRO’s crop benchmarking programme focuses on providing high-quality yield benchmarking resources to enable growers to understand their level of performance. This has been initiated in response to requests from growers.
We are developing an interactive digital tool that will allow growers to benchmark their yields. This tool will provide growers with access to a considerable amount of yield data. By exploring this data, growers can gain an understanding of how their yield compares to yields from crops grown under similar conditions. This benchmarking tool will be made available to growers during the 2019/20 season.
To complement this, BBRO is developing a tool for benchmarking against yield potential – this is an estimate of the yield that could be achieved given the specific field conditions. This will enable growers to explore the impact of different management practices on yield.
Using benchmarking tools to identify a yield gap is the first step in improving sugar beet yields. The next steps are to identify the factors limiting yields and develop guidance on the management practices that will allow growers to reach their yield potential. This will involve collecting high-quality data from the field. The Beet Yield Challenge is one way that allows us to collect data to link crop management and field conditions to yield.
The benchmarking programme is being overseen by Dr Toby Townsend as part of an Innovate UK funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership, which involves working with our partners at the University of Nottingham to provide scientific and expert knowledge support.
Contact Dr Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org