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Crumb structure in soil rich in organic material & Unfavorable structure with angular aggregates and smooth surface. Source: Parc Natural du Pays des Collines (left) Agricultures & Territoires – Chambre d’Agriculture de Région du Nord – Pas de Calais (right).

2020.10.27 | Knowledge exchange

Belgian tyre producer partners with ILVO to further evolve and educate on anti-soil compaction tyres

With soil compaction being one of the biggest threats for agricultural soils both at present and in the future, and a problem that is not easily undone once it is there, there is an urgent need for soil management practices that prevent soil compaction as much as possible. This is why the Belgian branch of tyre and agricultural machinery producer…

Robotti seeding (left) and planting (right). Photo: AGROINTELLI

2020.10.27 | Knowledge exchange

Long-term investments in soil health require a change of mind-set and behaviour

Healthy soils and secure future food production is depending on long-term investment in soils. Generations have to collaborate. Investing in intelligent precision farming technology is part of the solution. However, the challenge lies in the need for a fundamental change of mind-set and behaviour to support the farmers who commit themselves to…

AgroKruh System. Photo by Anetta Vaculíková

2020.10.27 | Knowledge exchange

New technology for soil cultivation shows significant impact on soil properties for cultivating vegetables

The AgroKruh system represents an ecological way of cultivating soil in circles using a support arm with individual spading and irrigation equipment. The soil is not ploughed and turned, and the method has significant impact on soil properties that are important for cultivation of organic vegetables.

Forage production in Flevoland, photo by Edsger Teenstra

2020.10.27 | Knowledge exchange

High-skilled contract workers in sustainable soil management

Contract workers have more to offer than just driving their machinery. As they have an experience-based understanding of local conditions, they are a valuable source of information for most farmers. By shifting the focus from machinery to a service, contract workers could support sustainable soil management.

2020.10.27 | News from the management

Welcome to the EJP SOIL Ethics Board

The Ethics Board is composed of five independent specialists in ethics and legal matters relevant for the implementation of EJP SOIL. The board is selected based on expertise in ethics and legal matters, their independence from EJP SOIL beneficiaries and their interest in the scope of the EJP SOIL.

From left to right – upper row: Chair  Prof. dr. Katharina Helming, Vice Chair: Dr. Bram Moeskops, Dr. Elena Havlicek, Prof. dr. Giuseppina Crescimanno, Dr. Edoardo Costantini, Prof. dr. Taskin Oztas, Prof. dr. Pete Smith, Dr. Carmen Vela Olmo, Prof. dr. Steven Van Passel, Prof. dr. Eva Lini Wollenberg, Ronald Vargas, M.Sc.. Lower row: Prof. dr. Pandi Zdruli, Prof. dr. Barbara Baarsma, Dr. Deborah Bossio, Dr. Rainer Baritz, Dr. Kirsten Dunlop, Edgars Linde, B.Sc., Nenad Peric, M.Sc, André Leu, B.Sc., Dr. Rolf Sommer, Patrick Worms, M.Sc.

2020.10.08 | News from the management

Welcome to the EJP SOIL Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides independent advice to the EJP SOIL strategic research roadmap. The members are active at international level and have a broad vision of the challenges facing agriculture, food and environment. The Board members are experts in a diversity of disciplines, creating a board composed of scientific experts and representatives…

Soil profile investigation of clay loam Endocalcary-Endohypogleyic Cambisol. This soil type is located in the North part of Lithuania. Soil is productive by origin, heavy textured, with neutral pH, while hard to manage. Tillage timeliness is a crucial factor to get good crop establishment. Photograph by assoc. prof. Jonas Volungevičius (LAMMC).

2020.08.13 | Research news

Lithuanian political outlook on the development of soil sustainability

Practical results from EJP SOIL will be a baseline for politicians to draw up the guidelines for future economic development and for the creation of legislative processes. It is of paramount significance to know what soil resources are available and what can be expected from potential soil productivity.

Photo by Oskar Puschmann, NIBIO.

2020.08.13 | Research news

Is moving soil the solution in Norway, when agricultural land is built over?

As Europe’s population increases, commensurate pressure is being put on politicians and legislative authorities to re-zone agricultural land to make way for new houses, roads, airports and commercial areas. How should politicians proceed? Can the soil be excavated and moved to create new fields to a comparable soil quality? And who should bear the…

INIA´s agricultural experimental field station ‘La Canaleja’, Photo by José Luis Gabriel.

2020.08.13 | Research news

EJP SOIL is an opportunity for Spain to strengthening research in agricultural soils

Identification of research gaps, support compilation of soil data, increased knowledge sharing and enhanced cooperation between soil scientists, advisors, farmers and policy makers. These are some of the Spanish anticipations of the activities in EJP SOIL.

2020.08.13 | Research news

Connecting soil data and agricultural management policies

There is a need for compilation and translation of research into applicable and manageable recommendations for more sustainable use of soils, say members of the Swiss National Hub.

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