Syngenta Summer Autumn Guide 2020 - Page 66



SUSTAINABLE
FARMING
OPERATION POLLINATOR
GROWING GUIDELINES
Operation Pollinator has been
supporting growers and wildlife
since 2006. Through the
development of the project’s
bespoke seed mixtures we have
seen growers sow over 3,000 ha’s
of perennial and annual margins,
fitting within environmental schemes
and voluntary initiatives across the
farmed landscape.
Each of these Operation Pollinator
seed mixtures can be planted on land
under the EFA fallow option as they
provide pollen and nectar and/or winter
bird food. Please speak to your local
agronomist or environmental adviser
for specific guidance and when you are
able to apply Plant Protection Products.
CLICK for more information
on how to order
ANNUAL FLOWER MIX
SEED RATE: 4-8 kg/ha
PLANTING TIME: August to October
MIX CONTAINS: Crimson clover, red clover, Phacelia, native corn flower,
native corn marigold and native corn chamomile
GROWING ADVICE
• Plant areas with south facing aspect, sheltered from wind. Margin
width ideally minimum of 4 m
• Broadcast the seed onto the soil surface increasing the rate to a
max. of 8 kg/ha in compromised soil conditions
• Seedbed needs to be fine, weed free and consolidated
• If autumn planting is not achieved, plant in the spring, but this will
compromise length of flowering time
• If required in the spring, lightly top to open up the canopy, this will
hold back the dominant species and let the light in for other plants
to compete
• To encourage flowering late into the season top part of the plot in
April/May before flowering to hold it back
• Leave until the end of flowering, top the haulm and spray off any
green regrowth
• Plots can be left over winter to allow farmland birds to eat the
flower seed
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Assuming a CO2 equivalent of 21x for methane and 296x for Nitrous oxide
ANDY BARR
FARMER, KENT

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