Survey results will be published in the December issue of Top agrar Polska

In Department of Agroecosystems and Green Areas Management of Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, for many years conducted field experiments with conservation (ploughless) tillage sugar beet. The results (yields) are comparable to more expensive conventional tillage. However, in Poland this technology is not used more like 10-15% of the farmers. What are the causes? Where is this difference between science and practice?
For this question we want to answer in the agricultural magazine an web site www.up.wroc.pl/~zimny/survey.html, where the results will be compiled from 3 countries (Poland, Germany and the United Kingdom). I became interested in this issue together with my doctoral student, because after observation of fields and conversations with a farmers in our region these technologies aren't popular (in case of the sugar beet) even though farmers know about her for a 15-20 years. Therefore, we need some information about that please you. The list will get answers to these questions.
 


Lesław Zimny, Prof.
Adam Zych, MSc


Survey - sugar factory............................................................


1) What part of the farmers prefer specific farming system?
a) traditional cultivation (winter ploughing under of manure/slurry)................................%
b) traditional cultivation (winter ploughing under of cover crop)....................................%
c) traditional cultivation (winter ploughing under of manure/slurry and cover crop).......%
d) traditional cultivation (only winter ploughing)............................................................%

e) traditional cultivation (spring ploughing with manure/slurry)...................................%
f) traditional cultivation (spring ploughing with manure/slurry)...................................%
g) traditional cultivation (spring ploughing with manure/slurry and cover crop)..........%
h) traditional cultivation (only spring ploughing)..........................................................%

i) conservation tillage with stubble crop left to the spring, traditional drilling after shallow mulch tillage........................................%
j) conservation tillage with stubble crop left to the spring, direct drilling into mulch.........%
k) conservation tillage with winter crop, for example winter rye or vetch chemically destroyed before sowing or after sowing.............%
l) conservation tillage with drilling into straw mulch shallowly incorporated into soil...........%
m) conservation tillage with drilling into stubble mulch...........................................................%

n) Strip-Till in autumn…………..........……..….%
o) Strip-Till in spring……………........……….%

p) direct driling in stuble………….………….%


2) The average size of the plantation ....... ha
3) The average distance of the sugar plantation from the sugar factory…..........…km
4) Average biological yield of sugar (yield x % of sugar).................................... t/ha

5) Number of growers ..........

6) Contracted area ............... ha

7) Which drawbacks of tillage simplifications affect the relatively low interest in the technology among practitioners? ......................

8) Were there any situations in the region (what?) when the introduction of simplification in tillage resulted in severe decrease in yielding and return to conventional tillage?........................

9) Which farms decide to simplify cultivation (plough resignation, shallow tillage)?
   a) less than 10 ha
   b) 10-50 ha
   c) 50-100 ha
   d) more than 100 ha
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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