CROP-NET has engaged with farmers, the farming industry and policy makers to explore their experiences, attitudes and responses to extreme weather and climate change. Our findings revealed a number of actions that would support adaptation to climate change, including improved industry collaboration, farmer-to-farmer learning, and decision support tools. We worked with these stakeholders to co-design a simple tool to enable farmers to explore future climate impacts on yields for their fields and farms, and to benchmark them against regional and national trends. This involved building crop and grass growth models that integrate real-time earth observation data to provide accurate within year prediction of yields. Model predictions were validated against precision yield data collected from over 2000 fields across GB.
Professor Richard Pywell
Richard leads Biodiversity research at UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. He has 30 years’ experience of research, monitoring and evaluation of agri-environmental policies in the UK and Europe. He works closely with academics, practitioners, policy-makers and the farming industry to co-design solutions to pressing environmental challenges. He currently leads the Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST) research programme – a major government-funded research programme to develop efficient and sustainable farming systems that are resilient to future environmental change.
Julian Gold, Farm Manager, Hendred
Julian has spent 34 years managing farms and large estates in the UK and overseas. He is FACTS and BASIS trained Farm Manager, and has a commitment to producing food in an efficient and environmentally sustainable manner. Julian is often featured in the farming press and he is frequently asked to speak at farming conferences. He is keen to improve the flow of knowledge between farmers and the scientific community.