Project

Cultivation above the ground: leek

This project deals with development of sustainable soilless tillage system for leek which results in a better leek quality, less harvest risks, profitable system, with a significant reduction of nutrient and plant protection product loss to the environment and better working environment.

Goal

  • Development of sustainable soil-less tillage system for leek which results in a better leek quality, less harvest risks, profitable system, with a significant reduction of nutrient and plant protection product loss to the environment and better working environment.
  • Aim of the communication is awareness and basis expansion of the need for the leek sector to innovate and change of the tillage system where soil-less tillage the main search direction is.

Approach

In the out-door vegetable products is leek one of the crops which have a high risk of loss/leaching of nutrients and plant protection products to the environment (soil/groundwater/surface water).

In order to make the production of leek sustainable the current tillage system need to be changed. One way to make the production of leek more sustainable is soil-less tillage.

Results

The project aims for 2010 are:

  • Minimum of two soil-less tillage systems with a minimum loss of nutrients to the environment, with respect to the sustainable aspects (People, Planet, Profit) and aimed at an efficient production of high quality leek
  • Insight of the profitability
  • Implementation (up scaling) of at least one tillage system in practice when profitable (calculated and (as much as possible) confirmed.
  • Tillage systems and scenario‚Äôs for up-scaling are communicated and discussed with stakeholders (leek growers, funders and other stakeholders in the leek sector).

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