twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

Rothamsted scientists collecting GPS data from farmers

Rothamsted scientists are asking farmers to send GPS data collected at harvest that will be used to assess whether flower-rich margins, hedgerows or tree lines are helping improve yield

romstad kevin afData from any sort of crop, from any part of the UK will be useful. (Image source: Kevin/Pixabay)

The Institute will provide farmers with an easy to interpret summary of the findings, with tips on how they might increase production.

The data will be integral to a study linking the biodiversity found just beyond the field with variations in yield within it.

Dr Helen Metcalfe, who is collating the data, said that different types of field boundaries could help to reduce the yield decline at field edges.

“By linking the yield monitor data collected by GPS enabled combine harvesters with the presence of different landscape features, we will try to determine whether yield decline towards the edge of fields is associated with certain types of boundaries.

“Likewise, we will also identify whether features known to support pollinators and other beneficial wildlife are having a positive effect on yield in the nearest parts of the crop.

“We’d be really grateful it if any farmers with yield monitor data from their combines would share it with us.”

The EcoStack project is hoping that information on the location, quality and quantity of landscape features such as hedgerows or wildflowers linked to yield maps will give the clearest indication yet on the benefit of on-farm biodiversity.

Data from any sort of crop, from any part of the UK will be useful, she added, stressing that no farmer data will be shared beyond this project.

“We won’t publish maps or use them in presentations without prior consent, and the way the data will be pooled and processed before publication means nothing identifiable will be detectable from it.”

For more information, visit www.ecostack-h2020.eu/2020/04/01/yeld-monitor

 


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

FAO voices for an end to child labour in agriculture

FAO voices for an end to child labour in…

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is contributing to renewed calls for an end to child labour in agriculture, at the 5th ‘Global Conference on the...

West Africa is all prepped up for desertification COP15

West Africa is all prepped up for desert…

West African representatives from the ministries of planning and finance, environment, and other stakeholders had gathered in Abidjan on 5-6 May 2022 for a capacity-building workshop on addressing land degradation...

FAO and the WFF set up Young Scientists Group

FAO and the WFF set up Young Scientists …

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Forum (WFF) have launched the WFF’s first-ever cohort of the Young Scientists Group

Four agri-tech centres come together to boost innovation in global sustainable farming

Four agri-tech centres come together to …

Four UK agri-tech centres – CHAP, CIEL, Agri-EPI and Agrimetrics – have formed a sustainable farming partnership with world leading agricultural research and training organisation, Wageningen University & Research (WUR)...

Africa must prepare for a global food crisis, says AfDB president

Africa must prepare for a global food cr…

African Development Bank (AfDB) Group President Dr Akinwumi Adesina has said that Africa must prepare for the inevitability of a global food crisis

US and Mozambique governments come together to preserve forests and water

US and Mozambique governments come toget…

On Earth Day 2022, the US Government reaffirmed its support for conservation law enforcement and sustainable forest management in the Niassa Special Reserve (NSR), Mozambique’s largest protected area

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

Eni, Ghana inaugurate business and agricultural training project

Eni, Ghana inaugurate business and agric…

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Ghana’s Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo and Eni’s CEO Claudio Descalzi have inaugurated the Okuafo Pa Agricultural Training Centre in Dormaa East

Farming and rural non-farm activities to provide youth employment in Africa: FAO

Farming and rural non-farm activities to…

FAO has said that farming and rural non-farm-based activities have potential to generate employment opportunities for Africa’s rising youth population

South-South and triangular cooperation to foster smarter agriculture, says FAO

South-South and triangular cooperation t…

The path to reducing unacceptable hunger levels lies in the ability to transform the agricultural sector, according to FAO director-general QU Dongyu

Nigerian Government launches soil test kit scheme

Nigerian Government launches soil test k…

The Nigerian Government is launching a new digital soil test scheme to boost food production

Earth Alive's Soil Activator has gained final authorisation for sale in Cote D'Ivoire

Earth Alive's Soil Activator has gained …

Earth Alive Clean Technologies Inc,  manufacturer of state-of-the-art microbial technology-based products for sustainable agriculture and mining, has reported that it's organic and patent-pending soil inoculant Soil Activator® has gained final...

Genetic resources play key role in Africa’s food security

Genetic resources play key role in Afric…

Countries in Africa are having to preserve and share genetic resources, which are affecting agricultural productivity to ensure food security across the continent, the UN Agricultural Agency has said

Cambishi farmers to receive compensation

Cambishi farmers to receive compensation

Farmers in the Cambishi region of Zambia are set to receive compensation packages following crop damage caused by sulphur-dioxide emissions from Chinese-owned Chambishi Copper Smelter (CCS)

OECD-FAO report: Agricultural output growth to keep food prices low over the coming decade

OECD-FAO report: Agricultural output gro…

Global demand for agricultural products is projected to grow by 15 per cent over the coming decade, while agricultural productivity growth is expected to increase slightly faster, according to an...

Africa’s agribusiness sector to reach US$1 trillion by 2030

Africa’s agribusiness sector to reach US…

As project sponsors, borrowers, lenders and investors gathered at the Africa Investment Forum to make deals on investment opportunities, leaders of the continent’s top agribusiness companies shared their thoughts on...

AGCO educates farmers in crop yield-boosting agronomy practices in Zambia

AGCO educates farmers in crop yield-boos…

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company welcomed commercial and emerging farmers to its Zambia Crop Tour focused on educating growers to enhance crop yield through improved agronomy practices

Syngenta and USAID invest US$1.8mn to help smallholder farmers in Zambia

Syngenta and USAID invest US$1.8mn to he…

Global agribusiness company, Syngenta, has partnered with the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) programme implemented by Fintrac Inc, to help smallholder...

PAFO and AGRA to support smallholder farmers

PAFO and AGRA to support smallholder far…

The Pan-African Farmers Organisation (PAFO) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) have partnered to strengthen the capacities of African farmers by supporting smallholder farmers, especially women...

Prev Next