Rosalind Martin, Bayer commercial technical adviser for the North West, has won the 2016 Paul Singleton award for the best project submitted as part of her BASIS training during the year.

Judges selected 2016’s ten best projects, representing 3-4% of all submissions, before deciding on the winner. Ms Martin explored the use of cover crops to aid integrated weed management strategies on arable farms, and how their surface debris can affect pre-emergence herbicide efficacy and wheat crop emergence. She studied for the BASIS certificate in crop protection under the supervision of trainer James Christian-Ilett.

“The trial compared two plots, one where the cover crop debris was removed by hand and one where the debris was left in its natural state. The results showed that there was no difference between the two sites, in terms of weed and crop emergence,” says Ms Martin.

BASIS chief executive Stephen Jacob commented that the project stood out to the panel of BASIS exam chairmen due to its level of practical and technical understanding and benefit to the industry.

 L-R: Stephen Jacob; Rosalind Martin and James Christian-Ilett

L-R: Stephen Jacob; Rosalind Martin and James Christian-Ilett