Plant cereals in wide-spaced rows
Overall effectiveness category Likely to be ineffective or harmful
Number of studies: 1
Background information and definitions
Planting cereals in widely spaced rows can increase the proportion of habitat in the farmland that can be used by birds, as spaces between rows can be left fallow or planted with grass or legumes.
Supporting evidence from individual studies
A replicated, controlled study from April-August in 2002-3 in 30 treatment and 30 control fields of winter wheat in northern and eastern England, UK (Smith et al. 2009) found no difference in faecal content of Eurasian skylark Alauda arvensis nestlings in fields with wide-spaced rows, compared to control fields.Study and other actions tested