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Field work WP2 in Poland

Dear All,

I would like to share with you Polish experiences in field work with points validation. We have already finished our first RR. It seems to be quite easy at first - just go, make a photo and write down information about crop.  However we had a lot of doubts during these validation.

 

  1. First of all, it was really useful for us to use mobile phone application for points identification in the field. Handling data on mobile phone (with touch screen) was very fast and easy. What is more, when I was in fields I could see all points (which we should check) applied on Google map.
  2. In my opinion it is very good to make some notes “on photos”. I put one photo as an example in attachment. After making several photos during one day it could be very difficult to mark them after field work.
  3. Identification of crop type provoked a lot of discussion in our team. For instance: we had a lot of grassland in our RR. Part of them without any problem we classified as meadow or pasture. Some of points were located on plots where agriculture production was abandoned (weeds, small trees indicated that there were fallow lands). But we had also grassland which were in good condition, without weeds and small trees, and we classified them as fallow lands, for instance:
  • on plot we saw that grass harvested in previous year were not collected,
  • farmer cut the grass but leave it in the field, such intervention prevent weeds dissemination, but the grass is not use for forage for animals,
  • on the field grass is high but it is too late to cut this grass for forage.

A lot of farmers in Poland keep plots in good condition because they want to get direct payments. However these plots are not use to ensure food/nutrition security, so it is very important to make such distinguish describing plots.

 

Do you have any other experience in WP2? If yes Polish team waiting for your comments.

 

Marta

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Hi Marta,

Thanks for your really useful feedback on your WP2 experiences to-date. 

Please provide more information on your use of a mobile phone app and Google Maps - this sounds very simple - is it accurate enough? 

Your comments on identifying grasslands are very interesting and I anticipate that we will face similar questions in our sub-mountainous reference region in northern Romania (currently we only have points for our arable dominated, lowland region in the south of the country). 

Your observations suggest that you may have some grassland / fallow plots with their management influenced by various policy measures - for example agri-environment schemes under the Polish Rural Development programme or cross-compliance (GAEC standards) obligations under the Single Area Payment Scheme (SAPS).  In some cases you might even have plots counted as Ecological Focus Area under CAP greening

I guess that the basic issue is whether they appear to be permanent or temporary grasslands and in productive use or not - either for grazing or mowing for hay (or silage?).  But it would be useful to have some feedback from our Evora colleagues on their expectations for the identification of grassland types / use

All the best

Mark

 

Dear all,

Following discussions with Marta (above), Sergio and Theodore (co-ordinating the WP2 ground truthing) plus our colleagues here in Romania, I prepared a short note on collecting / recording information on crop type in the reference regions.

The note was written specifically for our sub-contractor colleagues in Bulgaria and Croatia, but I'm happy to share the note here in case others find it useful.

Please find the PDF file attached

Regards,

Mark

Highclere Consulting