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Soil and climate friendly crop production in organic farming


Experiences from previous projects focussing on reduced tillage will be tested on-farm (Module 1). Beyond, the climate impact of reduced tillage under organic conditions, especially the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), will be assessed (Module 2).

  • Module 1 (on-farm assessment): In each of three selected regions (Western Switzerland, Canton of Berne and,Eastern Switzerland) 10 pioneer farms will fully or partly convert to reduced tillage. The main focus are on weed management, yield performance and their optimization. Based on their own experiences, pioneer farmers will share their knowledge with interested colleagues through field excursions, machine demonstrations, articles in magazines and blogs.
  • Module 2 (GHG emissions and carbon sequestration linked with reduced tillage and organic fertilization): On the scientific field trial at FiBL Frick, nitrous oxide (N2O), methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will be assessed weekly and event based in 16 subplots over a period of 2.5 years. In combination with the determination of carbon sequestration (0 – 50 cm), the climate footprint will finally indicate whether reduced tillage is more climate friendly than ploughing. GHG data will be used for the calibration of biogeochemical models (DAYCENT).
Financing/ Donor


(Research) Program
  • Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) – Research, training and innovation
  • Partnership Coop and FiBL
Project partners
  • University of Hohenheim: Prof. Thorsten Müller and Dr. Rainer Ruser (GHG), Prof. Ellen Kandeler (microbial populations)
  • Helmholtz Centre: Prof. Dr. Jean Charles Munch (GHG), Prof. Michael Schloter (microbial populations)
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff (people who are not linked are former FiBL employees)
Role of FiBL


Further information


Krauss, M., Gattinger, A., Ruser, R., Mäder, P. (2014): The effect of reduced tillage and organic fertilisation on greenhouse gas emissions in the Frick trial. In: BGS Jahrestagung, Changins, 13. - 14. Februar 2014, 2014.

Research area
FiBL project number 10060
Date modified 12.11.2019
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