Sensor-controlled, automated processes are increasingly available for developing greater sustainability in agricultural production systems and for quality control. These so-called 'smart farming' systems offer potential for more efficient, emission-reducing and resource-saving production methods, as demonstrated by the Agroscope Sustainability Conference held at the Tänikon site on 19 January 2017.
Three decades of the Swiss Soil Monitoring Network (NABO): Focus on soil quality
In Switzerland, the quality of soil is systematically monitored by the Swiss Soil Monitoring Network (NABO). At a symposium which marks three decades of NABO, the Federal Offices for the Environment and for Agriculture, in collaboration with Agroscope, reflected on NABO’s achievements and highlighted new challenges for Swiss soil. In a special video, NABO staff give an insight into their work.
AgroSCOPE – Autumn Edition of Annual Report now Online
In the autumn edition of AgroSCOPE you can discover how digestibility and nutritional value of food are linked, you can read about a tasty Swiss soybean variety, learn about the prevention of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in pig feed, and discover a practical approach to the assessment of farm sustainability.
Because horses are especially sensitive to spoilt or contaminated feedstuffs, hygienic quality is one of the most important criteria for horseforage. The web application www.equifeed.ch supports you in evaluating the roughage quality.
Dr. Alain Gaume will be the new Head of Agroscope’s ‘Plant Protection’ Strategic Research Division. Switzerland, Dr. Gaume boasts a solid knowledge of plant production, and will be taking up his new post on 1 May 2017.