The future of plant cultivation and climate change:

On 26 October, Roosi Soosaar, Enn Lauringson, and Henn Raave represented MTÜ Põllukultuuride klaster at the joint seminar "The future of plant cultivation and climate change.". Enn Lauringson delivered a presentation: “The development of new species and mixtures suitable for growing as follow-on crops and the development of agrotechnics suitable for their cultivation.”. Henn Raave delivered a presentation: Introducing the objectives and methodology of "Reducing the Environmental Impact of organic fertilizers in given in autumn and increasing effectiveness."

Materials : Organic Fertilizer.pdf - The future of plant cultivation and climate change.pdf - Cover crops.pdf


Roosi Soosaar gave an overview of the cluster's agenda and goals.

100 examples of support for rural development:

The Action Plan of MTÜ Põllukultuuride klaster was selected to be among "100 examples of support for rural developments" the goal of which is to show the public what has been done in Estonia through support from the Estonian Rural Development Plan.

The first presentation took place on September 18 in the Tallinn Creative Hub, where MTÜ Põllukultuuride klaster was handed a poster.

Second info day

On May 29, 2018, an MTÜ Põllukultuuride klaster Information Day was held, introducing the developed soil sensors. In addition, the operating principle of the sensors was presented in the experimental field of the Research Centre of Organic Farming.
Through 4G data connection, the sensors provide information for moisture, temperature, and salinity of the soil. The data can be viewed on the website https://www.soilscouts.fi. The sensors were introduced by Jussi Sirkiä, a computer engineer at Soil Scout OY.


Soil sensors: Provide information every 20 minutes:

  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Salinity

Benefits to the agricultural producer:

  • It is possible to reduce fertilizer supply if there is not enough moisture in the soil
  • Due to the moisture of the soil, it is possible not to go to the field with a heavymachine to prevent soil compaction.
  • To find areas where drainage is insufficient (needs to be repaired).
  • To compare the soil infiltration capacity by years.
  • To assess the spring melt of the soil according to the amount of frozen water in the soil.
  • To plan the spring work and sowing time according to moisture and temperature ofthe soil.

AgriResearch:

On May 2 and 3, Roosi Soosaar, Member of the Board, represented MTÜ Põllukultuuride klaster in the AgriResearch conference in Brussels.

The main topics of the conference were:
  • Role of agricultural research
  • Innovation
  • Overcoming global challenges
Professor Tim Benton of the University of Leeds said in his opening speech that it is important to ask how we will reach more environmentally friendly farming, rather than whether we want to get there. The development of agriculture must focus on innovation because then productivity, competitiveness, and income will be improved. In the long run, this also means lower food costs for the consumer, better sustainability and the protection of natural resources. To do this, scientists must investigate the right things. Scientists need to be told what the problem is. To this end, funding needs to be challenge-driven, i.e., addressing the problem needs to be funded. In research, top quality is looked for, but this is not enough. There is also the need for IMPACT that excellent research has on agriculture, society and the economy. However, one system does not need to work for everyone at every level. At present, the success of research is measured through the number of published articles, not through the abundance of users. Farmers do not read scientific texts because researchers are not allowed to use an exciting vocabulary and enthralling style. In fact, the content must be relevant to the person to whom it is addressed.

Agricultural producers are open to innovative solutions, but they need to be financially supported, and systems must be profitable. Agricultural producers do not take over practices when they are not profitable. For this, the problem really needs to be solved, and farmers must see this solution to believe. More flexibility must be included in research and support must be given to prominent projects, people, centers, infrastructure, mobility, cooperation, exchanges, and partnerships.

In insecure times, investing in innovation is always an excellent use of taxpayers 'and shareholders' money. If you have something that others do not have, then they are willing to pay a lot of money for it.

Several speakers pointed out that agriculture should be more closely linked to other sectors: ICT, natural resources, biotechnologies, and nanotechnologies. Environmental policy, agricultural policy, and technological development should also be in line with this.

Presentations and recordings of AgriResearch conference are available at: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/news/agriresearch-conference-innovating- future-farming-and-rural-communities.

Maamess:

On April 19, Roosi Soosaar represented MTÜ Põllukultuuride klaster at Maamess. The cluster was introduced, and those interested were given information brochures about the activities of the cluster.





First info day

The first information day of MTÜ Põllukultuuride klaster was held on the 3rd of November 2017. It was meant for everyone interested in soil protection. The presentations of the information day focused on the significance of sustainable soil management. There were lively discussions and experience sharing between the participants as well as the presenters. In addition, the experimental lanes of the follow-on crops established in the Research Centre of Organic Farming of the Estonian University of Life Sciences in 2017 and the initial results were introduced.

Materials : Presentation 1 - Presentation 2 - Presentation 3 - Day schedule