Bayer Crop Science has approached us to collaborate with them on a black-grass survey. The aim of the survey is to help understand which techniques farmers are using successfully to control black-grass and get an overall feel for how satisfied (or not) you are with control currently. Understandably Bayer is also interested in your views on using post-emergence herbicides for black-grass control.
As an incentive to take part, Bayer will provide FERA Big Soil Community soil samples free of charge next autumn for TWO lucky winners drawn at random after the close of the survey. They believe that improving soil health is one possible longer-term strategy farmers can employ to improve black-grass control on farm.
With the launch of the Big Soil Community, Fera is taking a novel approach to overcome one of the biggest challenges to sustainable agriculture.
FERA is co-ordinating a nationwide community effort to sample and analyse the biodiversity of our soil – this will help to develop sustainable agriculture and improve soil health. By doing this at scale they are able to provide a cost effective and detailed analysis of the biodiversity of your soil.
For more information about the Big Soil Community go here: https://www.fera.co.uk/crop-health/introducing-the-big-soil-community
As the survey has been set up by Bayer, all responses, including any personal data submitted, will be seen by them. The terms and conditions for the survey, including how any personal data will be used can be found here:
If you would like to take part in the survey, please follow this link: https://cropscience.bayer.co.uk/black-grass-survey-woldmarsh/
The survey is open now and will close on Friday 25th January 2019
A report on the survey’s overall findings will be made available in due course.