EcoStack researchers need YOU! Please share your #ield monitor data to help us understand the effects of field boundary features and the services they provide to mitigte yield decline at the crop edge
The EcoStack project is investigating how landscape features such as hedgerows or wildflowers benefits on-farm biodiversity and crop yield.
We are asking farmers for yield monitor data from GPS-enabled combines. The data will help us to determine how landscape features found just beyond the field affects variation in crop yield, and whether yield decline towards the edge of fields can be reduced by the presence of certain types of field boundaries.
EcoStack, a 5-year Research and Innovation Action, under the EU Horizon 2020 programme, has started on September 10, 2018, and includes 24 partners with complementary expertise, covering all major pedoclimatic production zones and major agricultural production systems in Europe. The overall goal of the project is to develop and support ecologically, economically and socially sustainable crop production via stacking of biodiversity service providers and bio-inspired tools. EcoStack will use transdisciplinary research methods and will promote active participation of multi-actor groups across Europe in order to create new knowledge, transfer the know-how, co-design new cropping systems, and use stakeholder-guided development of new agricultural concepts for generating economic and ecological benefits for farmers, biodiversity and society.