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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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First SoildiverAgro regional meeting in Germany

The Horizon2020 project, SoildiverAgro, aims at organizing 5 regional meetings within the project lifetime to discuss in depth the case studies of each pedoclimatic region covered by the project. This first regional meeting took place in Germany last February 19th. It was organized by Stefan Shrader, Thünen-Institute (TI), acting as regional coordinator of the German SoildiverAgro stakeholders´ community. This meeting was done in collaboration with the company FlächenAgentur Rheinland GmbH (FAR), and also the non-profit organization Stiftung Rheinische Kulturlandschaft and…

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Finland hosts the first field visits

The first of the field days held in July was attended by about 75 farmers and advisors who analyzed cover and companion crops, organised by Tyynelä Farm. Participants performed several shovel tests in the field, to perform a simplified soil diagnosis. Soil specialists from University of Helsinki and local advisory oganization showed attendees how to perform a visual soil assessment for decision making. The project aroused great interest among the participants and actively discussed topics related to crop rotation, soil…

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