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Title Increasing profitability of stockless arable crops by optimization of soil fertility management
Official Acronym BoFru
Official project number FKZ 08OE005
FiBL project number 10017

The local yield potential is often not fully exploited in stockless organic farms. The causal factors will be explored in an on-farm survey in Germany. Subsequently, optimization strategies will be proposed and evaluated in field experiments. The aims of the project are:

  • to increase our knowledge regarding interactions between pedoclimatic conditions, soil fertility, crop management and plant productivity of legume and cereal crops
  • the optimization of soil management, mixed cropping systems and organic soil fertility management
  • an assessment of validated management methods with respect to economic feasibility, energy and climate relevance
  • a direct transfer of knowledge to farming practice.

The project is led by FiBL Germany and conducted in collaboration with a wide range of German research partners. FiBL Switzerland focuses its activities on research related to soil fertility and plant health.

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Detailed Description


Project status completed
Start of project 01.08.2008
End of project 31.12.2013
Financing/ Donor

 Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL)

(Research) Programme
  • Federal Scheme for Organic and other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture (BÖLN)
Project partners
  • Stiftung Ökologie und Landbau (SÖL)
  • Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft
  • Verwaltung Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institut
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
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Research area
Date modified 13.06.2019
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