Quick survey on crop rotation

Dear all,

I am Robert from Imperial College and I am currently researching the use of rhizobia and legumes and their effect to boost nitrogen levels in the soil. But before that, I need to understand what are the problems that crop rotation present to farmers so that the new findings in the rhizobia legume link can be applied to farms in a viable way.

Please let me know what your thoughts are regarding this project. Feel free to point out any mistakes that I have made in the survey as I am still in the research phase of the project! Your opinion matters to us more than anything.

Link to survey

If you have seen this post on agricultural matters, please ignore this post! I am trying to reach out to arable farmers for this survey and please understand that it's very important to gather as much feedback as I can!

Thank you!
Robert
 

curlietailz

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Sedgefield
Hi. I looked at your survey but found the questions not easy to follow
I haven’t filled it in

Your second question was
“If you are practising crop rotation, when did you start practising crop rotation?”

I think every farmer in the country probably follows a crop rotation, but your subsequent questions imply that crop rotation must include a legume this is not so.
Rape Wheat Barley is a crop rotation
Grass wheat is a crop rotation
 
Hi. I looked at your survey but found the questions not easy to follow
I haven’t filled it in

Your second question was
“If you are practising crop rotation, when did you start practising crop rotation?”

I think every farmer in the country probably follows a crop rotation, but your subsequent questions imply that crop rotation must include a legume this is not so.
Rape Wheat Barley is a crop rotation
Grass wheat is a crop rotation
Hi there,

Ah, I am so sorry! I have failed to mention that the effect of the nitrogen fixation process I am working on is focusing on the link between legumes and subsequent rhizobia that form around its rhizobium.
I will try to improve my survey, but I am curious about your thoughts on the potential of adopting legumes as a part of your crop rotation process.
 

nt farm

Member
I have to agree with what was said above about your survey.

Q6 asked about fertilizer usage. is the question asking about the following crop because if you put a legume into the rotation of cause the N input, for that year, will fall as we don`t apply N as it suppress nodule development. If you are asking about the crop that follows, after which is quite likely to be a cereal, then RB209 takes into account previous crop. You are likely to see a fall in recommended N application because of this. But Rain fall can greatly effect the level of available N for the growing crop.

The increase in OM returned to the soil will also have an effect as most of the plant residue is not baled and removed like we see in wheat and barley straw.
 

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