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SoildiverAgro regional meeting in Nemoral region

Estonian University of Life Sciences and non-profit MTÜ Põllukultuuride Klaster hosted the SoildiverAgro Nemoral regional meeting virtually on October 30th. Building on multi actor approach 26 local stakeholders participated, including 9 farmers and 17 researchers representing university and two public sector research institutions. The aim of the meeting was to take a stock of the project so far, introduce the preliminary results and planned further activities and to activate local communities of practitioners and collect their input for the further…

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First SoildiverAgro discussion group on Germany about potatoe and wheat crops

On November 3rd, SoildiverAgro partners, Thünen Institut (TI) and Flächenagentur Rheinland GmbH (FAR), will hold a Discussion Group in the continental pedoclimatic region (Germany). The central topic of this event are two case studies focused on the organism interaction management in potatoe crops (10th case study) and in wheat crops (11th case study). As part of the SoildiverAgro multiactor approach, set up from the beginning of the project, this regional meeting with local stakeholders will begin with a Discussion Group…

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Soil sampling trip on SoildiverAgro Boreal case studies

SoildiverAgro boreal case studies in early potato fields continue studying the effects of catch crops and organic amendments on a soil sampling trip last week. The soil samplings of this experimental designs will be develop every autumn (most likely during September). Each year, the soil sampling will be carried out in the same date for three crop cycles. Case study 13: Increase of soil biodiversity through amendment of forest based organic material in potato crops (Finland)     Case study 15: Use…

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SoildiverAgro host a regional meeting in Mediterranean South (MDS) about the relation between soil biodiversity and crop production

The 29th September an informative session will be hold by SoildiverAgro partners UPCT and ASAJA focused on sustainable agriculture and addressed to all stakeholders and people interested on soil biodiversity and sustainable agriculture. This interaction with local stakeholders forms part of a multiactor approach set up from the beginning of the project, that looks for the interaction of key stakeholders and integrate these interactions during all project lifetime. During this session, all results achieved during the first year of the…

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Two discussion groups on wheat and potatoe crops by UPCT

Next week our SoildiverAgro partner Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT) will develop two discussion groups focused on new sustainable practices on wheat and potatoe crops. It is expected to be an exchange of experiences and opinions between farmers, researchers, specialist technicians, expert staff in public administration or suppliers. It will be held in spanish and through Teams platform. You can join here: 15th September at 18:00h (Potatoe discussion group) 16th September at 18:00h (Wheat discussion group) Proyecto SoildiverAgro: GRUPO DE…

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Antwerpen trial visit on organic leek experiments

On the 12th of August our SoildiverAgro partner Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt from Antwerpen succeeded to welcome some farmers for a trial visit on their organic trial field. The epidemic makes these difficult, but in small groups of only three farmers at a time, wearing a mask, it was possible to guide the interested farmers through the experiments. The visit included all trials on their organic trial field that started this year in June with the experiments, when the leek…

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Arable farming a success debate at the second Belgian discussion group

The Belgian partners of SoildiverAgro organized a second discussion group with stakeholders on the 30th of June. This time for the Flemish case studies that included arable crops. The name of the event was: “Discussion group: soil life and soil quality in arable farming”. Due to the corona crisis this was still in digital format. We used our experience of the first digital event to make also the second discussion group a success. Fifteen participants with different profiles and backgrounds…

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Succesfull online discussion group in Flanders about extensification of vegetable production

SOILDIVERAGRO Belgium partners organized a discussion group with stakeholders last 19th May in a digital format due to the corona crisis. Even there was no previous experience in developing such a type of format, and it was an uncertain sucess at the begining, the event exceded expectations. Fourteen people from different profiles and backgrounds take the change and participate on the debate. Between them, many researchers with different expertise attended, next to i.a. policy officers, industry advisors, and even a…

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New dates for discussion groups at Belgium

Belgium partners started spreading invitations for discussion group for the SoildiverAgro project. Date & location: the event is planned for May 19th 2020 (in replacement of the cancelled one end of March). Location is online.  Invitations were spread to a wide public in Flanders (growers, advisors, government officers, researchers,… more or less linked to vegetable cultivation) by e-mail. Interested people who cannot attend are invited to share their thoughts by e-mail or phone. A description and overview of the trial…

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Sustainable agriculture from the perspective of soil biodiversity, by Krista Peltoniemi

A recent research project responds to concerns over weakened soil biodiversity. The objective of the SoildiverAgro project of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is to protect soil biodiversity and fertility by developing cultivation methods. The EU-funded research project covers six geographic regions, ranging from Finland to the Mediterranean. Click here to continue reading.

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