October sees the launch of NIAB's month-long assessment of OSR establishment and the impact of cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB). The 'Crowd Sourced Farmer Assessment' asks farmers to complete a short survey and upload photos of ground cover.
NIAB are collaborating with ADAS, Rothemsted Research and Harper Adams University, with funding from Defra and AHDB to form a three-year, cross-industry consortium. The aim of the collaboration is to make rapid progress in the understanding of CSFB and develop robust tools to help OSR decision-making for the future. The project builds on the work of the last few years which has seen farmers providing information on oilseed rape (OSR) crops and CSFB damage
As part of this project, the month-long survey looks to collect information on how crops are responding to this year's establishment conditions and CSFB and is just as interested in failures as successes. This year, for the first time, NIAB are also asking for photos of current ground cover. An interim report will be produced in January to summarise the data by crop type, region and establishment techniques.