RECARE results on soil compaction presented at stakeholder congress in Denmark
Results obtained in the RECARE Case Study Soil Compaction were presented at the annual ‘Plantekongressen’ (Crop Congress) on 18th January 2016. The event was attended by ~1900 individuals, comprising farmers, consultants, researchers, students, business people, and public servants. MSc student Hans Christian G. Carstensen presented an inventory of soil compaction risk in Danish agriculture that was undertaken during his employment in RECARE in 2015. The compaction risk was assessed by the decision support system Terranimo®. The results (summary and PowerPoint show) indicated that around 38% of all traffic events monitored gave rise to serious risk of compaction in the subsoil. The most problematic farming operations were slurry application in early spring and small grain harvest by modern-day very heavy combine harvesters.
Mathieu Lamandé had another presentation, highlighting the potentials in use of tracks mounted on slurry wagons to mitigate the compaction risk (summary and PowerPoint show). This presentation was a spin-off from the demonstration part of the RECARE Case Study Soil Compaction stakeholder workshop II.
The RECARE presentations at ‘Plantekongressen’ were attended by around 350 individuals, which reflects an increasing awareness of the compaction challenge as a result of the RECARE project activities.
Soil threats and RECARE discussed on BBC local radio
A partner in RECARE, Jane Mills, from University of Gloucestershire in UK, was interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire about the importance of soil and how it is often forgotten and undervalued as a global resource. The interview was broadcast on 1st January 2017 and can be listened on the BBC website until 31st January. The interview starts at 1 hour 11 minutes into the programme. World Soil Day was celebrated on 5th December and Jane explained to listeners why soil warrants its own global awareness day and how our soil has been affected by intensive agricultural land management, expansion of cities and road building, climate change and heavy farm machinery. She spoke about how good farming practices can help protect our soil and described how RECARE is looking for practical solutions to these soil threats.
RECARE represented at Agromek 2016 show in Denmark
The RECARE partner AGROINTELLI presented a poster about RECARE and distributed RECARE leaflets to attendees at the Agromek 2016 show in Denmark from 22nd to 24th November. The Agromek show is Northern Europe's largest agricultural fair with over 40,000 visitors. AGROINTELLI had a stand showcasing their new agricultural machinery products.
The international conference FUEGORED2016, organized by the Portuguese team of RECARE, started today and will continue until 26th November. The topic of the conference is related to post-fire management, inspired by the RECARE Portuguese case study. It integrates other topics, such as fire occurrence, and their impacts on vegetation, soil and geomorphological processes. The 24th and 26th of November are dedicated to field trips, in the municipalities of Miranda do Corvo and Tondela, to demonstrate post-fire measures to soil conservation, which are being studied within the RECARE project. The post-fire measures applied in areas affected by 2013 fire in the municipality of Tondela were promoted by the City Council and parishes’ administration and supported by PRODER funds.
The other conference days are devoted to oral presentations, for younger researchers on the 23rd, and for all in the 25th. The program for the 25th (http://fuegored2016.web.ua.pt/downloads/FuegoRED2016_Program_en.pdf) will also include lectures from invited keynote speakers about the mapping of burnt areas, post-fire management policies in Portugal, and post-fire management in the region of Valencia and Galicia.
Fourth RECARE Newsletter Available
The fourth RECARE newsletter is now available and can be downloaded here. This edition covers:
- A Round-Up of RECARE Stakeholder Workshops
- Case Study focus: Sweden
- Soil Threat - Soil Sealing
- Reporting on Soil Degradation & Conservation
- Recent RECARE publications
- RECARE at Conferences and in The News