Tamara Rodríguez

field day excursion cs 10

Field day at the German experimental plots

38 participants mainly formed by farmers, journalists and consultants attended the field day hosted by the conventional farmer who conducts the main parts of CS 10 and 11 and organised by the German SoildiverAgro partners FAR and TI. The event was separated into a first part with oral presentations and a second part with an excursion to the experimental plots of Biocontrol of soil-borne phytopathogenic fungi by fungivorous soil fauna communities in potato cropping systems and Plant diversity is tested…

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New field trial studies soil physical and chemical conditions, and biodiversity on wheat production

Due to the Corona-crisis, the field trial of Pomona, partner in the SoildiverAgro-project following an agro-ecological way of farming, has been postponed. During the last months, finally, the field trial was started to investigate the effect of 3 different applications of organic matter on wheat production, soil physical and chemical conditions, and biodiversity. This case study will test different sources of green manure for wheat production at Atlantic Central (Belgium). After harvest of the Triticum spelta crop of 2021 and collection…

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Cover crop mixtures belgium

Open field day at the organic experimental farm of Inagro in Belgium

On the 29th of September Inagro organizes an open field day at the organic research farm (‘Biovelddag’). The visit to the trial fields includes a presentation of the SoildiverAgro Case study and some first results. (Case study 7: cover crop mixtures, a promotor of soil biodiversity in potato crops?) This visit will be held in Dutch and starts at 16h at Gabriëlstraat 11, 8800 Rumbeke-Beitem, Belgium). Other topics addressed will include a variety of trials of vegetable crops, reduced soil…

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Theme day Water and soil in outdoor vegetables

On the next 9th of August our partners from Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt (PSKW) will organize a Theme day related to water and soil in outdoor vegetables that will include a guided visit to one of the SoildiverAgro case studies: Intensive versus extensive versus vegetable organic farming. Atlantic Central (Belgium). The visit will be hold in Dutch and it will start on the organic field (Muilshoek 1, Sint-Katelijne-Waver) followed by a visit to the conventional trial field (Duffelsesteenweg 101, Sint-Katelijne-Waver).…

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broccoli organic trial experiment belgium

Trial field with young broccoli in Belgium organic experimental case study

On 30 and 31 March, our Belgium partner INAGRO took soil samples for the different analyses (biological, physical and chemical) related to Case study 7: Cover crop mixtures: a promotor of soil biodiversity in potato crops? Atlantic Central (Belgium). At that time the 4 different cover crop mixtures (little to very species-diverse) had mostly died off due to frost. In addition, earthworms were also sampled. The objective was to discover whether choosing a more species-diverse cover crop mixture already after…

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Wheat sampling in the Continental region

In June 2021 at plant growth stage 39 (BBCH scale), colleagues of the project partners TI and FAR collected samples of soil, plants and litter in all treatments. Furthermore, sampling included soil microorganisms, nematodes, soil microarthropods and earthworms. These samples are part of case study 11,  Plant diversity is tested to promote soil intrinsic self-regulating processes and to enhance fungivorous soil fauna communities in wheat-cropping systems. Continental (Germany).

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field case study 14b

First gas and soil sampling events in Finland

Our Finnish partners Luke and Tyynelä farm took the first gas samples for GHG determination on the 25th of May and the 8th of June, and the first soil samples on the 17th of June from Boreal pedoclimatic region in the field of case study 14b located in Tyynelä farm in south-Eastern Finland. The experimental field in case study 14b was established in the winter wheat field to study the effect of reduced tillage combined with direct sowing used in organic…

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bio onderzoek

Mini symposium “BIO-onderzoek”

On the 23th of June 2021, some Flemish organisations in Belgium organise a mini-symposium to present results of ongoing international projects on organic farming, including SoildiverAgro. The symposium is organised by CCBT, NOBL and the Flemish Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and will take place online from 13h00 till 17h00. CCBT is the coordination centre for applied research and extension on organic agriculture in Flanders and is part of the ‘Strategic Action Plan for Organic Farming’ of the Flemish Government.…

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