Pesticide Usage Surveys

Data on the usage of pesticides in the UK has been collated from across Great Britain for the last 50 years and continues to be collated today. The Land Use Sustainability team plays a leading role in this, applying their skills, knowledge and experience to gather the data, produce guidelines and create powerful, accessible databases for industry. We also participate in research projects through conducting surveys where compatible with pesticide usage surveys, and by bespoke interrogation and analysis of the extensive databases we hold.

Fera is commissioned to conduct agricultural, horticultural and amenity pesticide usage surveys by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) of the Health and Safety Executive. The surveys are funded from the pesticides charge on turnover, and the costs are paid to Fera by CRD.

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Publication timetable and most recent surveys

  • Click here to view our Publication Timetable
  • Survey year Crops to be surveyed Expected publication date
    2018 Arable crops in the UK October/November 2019
    2018 Soft Fruit in the UK November/December 2019
    2018 Orchards in the UK December 2019/January 2020
    2018 Potato Stores in the UK January/February 2020
    2017 Grassland and Fodder Crops in the UK 2017 October/November 2018
    2017 Edible Protected Crops in the UK 2017 19 December 2018 at 09:30 a.m.
    2017 Outdoor Vegetable Crops in the UK 2017 February/March 2019
    Link to release calendar

Publication delay

The provisional range of publication dates for the 2017 surveys has been amended to reflect the fact that a key member of the pesticide usage team has left Fera. The decision to delay publication was made to ensure that the statistics can be produced in a way that is fully compliant with the Code of Practice for Statistics, i.e. to maintain the trustworthiness, quality and value of the statistics.

Specific Requests

Requests for data other than those available in the standard searches can be obtained from the survey team by contacting PUS@fera.co.uk.

For detailed requests there may be an associated charge to cover the cost of the time taken in manipulating the data.