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Book of Abstracts

11th IFOAM
Scientific Conference
11-15 August 1996
Copenhagen, Denmark

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Soil Tillage Systems in Eco-Farming S21

Hampl, U.

Stiftung Ökologie & Landbau, D-67098 Bad Dürkheim, Germany

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In 1994 the Stiftung Ökologie & Landbau started together with the Landesanstalt für Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenschutz a ten year project on soil tillage in organic farming. The project is sponsored by the Rheinland/Pfalz-Ministry of Business and Agriculture. The main aim of the project is the development and demonstration of appropriate soil tillage methods for arable crop productions on organic farms. Several types of deep cultivation systems (inverting and not inverting) in a special crop rotation are tested. Accompanying scientific research is applied on soil properties (and their development) and on the interactions between soil tillage, crop growth and flora and fauna of the production site.

First results show a tendency of higher biological soil activity using loosening, but not inverting the subsoil tillage systems like with the layer cultivator or the two-layer plough with comparable yields.