EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2004 Num. article: 2004/056

BBCH Scales: Growth stages of mono-and dicotyledonous plants

EPPO recommends its members, particularly in relation to reports of field trials on plant protection products, to use the BBCH Scales for growth stages of crops and weeds. These have been published by Blackwell Wissenschaft, Berlin (DE) in 1997. No new edition has been published since, but an updated version the BBCH scales (edition 2001) is available from the BBA website. The BBCH scale is a system for a uniform numerical coding of phenologically similar growth stages of all mono- and dicotyledonous plant species. The BBCH scales can be downloaded as pdf files in German, English, French and Spanish, and cover the following plants:
Cereals, Rice, Maize
Oilseed rape, Faba bean, Sunflower
Beta beets
Citrus, Olive, Coffee, Banana
Soybean, Cotton, Peanuts
Vegetable crops
The use of this updated version is now recommended.


BBA website.