The on-farm trial networks related to arable farming, livestock research and special crops are displayed via three interactive maps that include project information and FiBL contacts. While the map on arable farming has been available on the Swiss organic farmers Bioaktuell.ch website for some time, the two maps of the trial networks on special crops and livestock research are new.
Some farms carry out several trials
Each pin on the trial network map related to arable farming represents one of 78 farms where FiBL is conducting trials related to arable farming topics in various projects. The topics are as diverse as the farms themselves. They include cultivation techniques, variety trials, soil cultivation techniques and direct sowing. On the trial network map related to special crops, each pin corresponds to one of 130 farms where FiBL trials are carried out on topics related to growing vegetables, herbs, fruits, wine and berries. Sometimes several trials are carried out on one farm.
Taking regional differences into account
FiBL also carries out research on livestock on farms throughout Switzerland. Several hundred Swiss organic farms have already taken part in FiBL’s research. On the farms, issues ranging from animal health, feeding, husbandry to breeding, are studied. The knowledge generated on-farms flows directly back into agricultural practice.
In Switzerland, the conditions in agricultural production tend to be different in every region. This diversity of production conditions is represented in the research through targeted selection of participating farms. Furthermore, FiBL has had a new barn available for livestock research since November 2020, which is now a part of the FiBL farm in Frick.
This text is a translation of an Bioaktuell.ch article from 21 October 2020.
Robert Obrist, FiBL Switzerland