Early Bird Survey

Updated 11 Nov 2019
The Early Bird Survey (EBS) takes place each autumn to assess national cropping intentions. It is undertaken by The Andersons Centre, with the help of the Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC) and other agronomists.

2019 survey details

Due to the unprecedented weather conditions over the autumn period, the 2019 Early Bird Survey is even more important to gauge farmer intentions of planting. In order to get as clear a picture as possible during the planting season, we have delayed the submission of data by 10 days. We will endeavour to release the results of the initial survey as soon as possible.

It is worth noting, that the results of the survey will be an indication of farmers intentions to plant at that point in time as of November 1st to November 18th. The responses to the survey will be heavily weighted towards data received in the week commencing November 11th.

The timeline of release of data is outlined below.

November 18th - Data submission deadline.

November 18th - 22nd - Data analysis.

November 25th - Headline results released.

w/c December 16th - Regional data released tbc

Future plans

As we are likely to see an extended winter planting season, we will update the survey results in the New Year with a survey tentatively planned for early February 2020. We will review the best time to run the survey again depending on weather conditions and planting progress over the winter months.

Final results of Early Bird Survey December 2018

Additional information

More than 80 agronomists took part in this year’s survey to gather data from almost 570,000 hectares of arable land across all regions of the UK.