Soil-Improving Cropping Systems selected for testing in Study Sites


 Study site  Short-listed SICS Comments
 Belgium  1.Application of different types of organic fertilizers: wood chips, cut and carry fertilizers, bokashi, compared to compost and solid manure.
2.Maize: undersown with grass, strip-till in existing grassland, ordinary strip till compared to conventional tillage.
3.Precision farming: site-specific application of compost and or wood chips; field scan (pH, OM content) before and after the trial, yield mapping.
4.Controlled traffic: implemented in at least one field, measurements of soil characteristics, crop growth and yield in and outside the roadways.
5.Novel crops: perennial cereals (if seeds are available) and soya, in at least one field, measurement of soil and crop characteristics and yield potential (in comparison with traditional crops).
Scientific trials (with layout of treatments and replications, execution of measurements and observations)
 Norway  1. Precision agriculture
2. Biological compaction release
3. Cover crops
Demonstration trials (with execution of measurements and observations)
 Hungary  1. Leguminous crops
2. Farmyard manure
3. Crop rotation
 Switzerland  No single system chosen, but likely to be controlled traffic (comparison of a plot where limiting compression by weight is applied, with plot without limiting compression), green manure or the Controlled Uptake Long Term Ammonium Nutrition
Measures will need to be looked at in suitable combinations and will depend on location of field trials chosen, experimental set up and monitoring

 1.Ploughing contra no ploughing systems



2.Row (Alley) cropping systems



3.Crop rotations with and without grass / Clover (with grass varying amounts of grass and other crops); technologies for row/alley cropping "micro- rotations"

4.Liming experiments (long term effects of dose


5.Long term effects of manure and fertilizer practices


6. Lap and trial

Less ploughing is also demonstrated in the row cropping experiment at Samsø (with Gunnar Mikkelsen), where strips of green manure clover grass is not ploughed.

Tested/demonstrated at the farm of Anders Lund where the cereals are sown in rows, and at Samsø (with Gunnar Mikkelsen), where strips of green manure clover grass is not ploughed. Moreover we have row cropping experiments at the AU Field Station in Foulum.




As at the long term experiments at St. Jyndevad

As in the long term experiments at Askov. Moreover the fields with Gunnar Mikkelsen/ Samsø is fertilized with compost recycled from urban areas)

The whole island of Samsø as a full scale demonstration lap and trial, via scenarios and impacts assessments of possible soilcaring transitions of the farming in the island


 1. Amendments

 2. Compaction

3. Grass leys


 1. Cover crops

2. Conservation tillage

3. Either undersown cover crops or Glyphosate-free conservation agriculture


1. Narrow rotation + legumes; balanced mineral fertilization; sprinkler irrigation; deep ploughing; weeds and pests control

2. Narrow rotation + legumes; balanced mineral
fertilization; amendments; minimum tillage; weeds and pests control

3. Narrow rotation + root crops; balanced mineral fertilization; sprinkler irrigation; deep ploughing; weeds and pests control

4. Narrow rotation + root crops; balanced mineral fertilization; organic fertilization; deep ploughing; weeds and pests control


1. Crop rotation

2. Green manures, cover crops, catch crops

3. Integrated nutrient management


1. Soil improving crops: cover crops - legumes: lupines + serradella + phacelia (130+30+4 kg/ha)
2. Amendments: A: Manure 30 t/ha, oat, wheat, triticale

3. Amendments: B: Liming CaCO3 5.6 t/ha S/R, oat, wheat, triticale.


1. New rotation systems
- Rice/lucerne 4 year rotation
- Maize rotation with 3 crop types over 4 years

2. Organic fertilization using urban sludge

3. Reduced soil mobilization (vertical tillage, multi- task planting, controlled traffic)

Greece 1. Terracing
2. Contour ridging
3. No tillage or minimum tillage

1.Sub-soil loosening plus straw incorporation compared to loosening with liming

2. Introduction of cover crops (such as bluebell (Sw. honungsört = Phacelia spp.), melilot (Melilotus officinalis = Sw. sötväppling) or a mixture of cover crop species)

Spain 1. Cover crops
2. Increasing organic matter by chopping pruning wood
3. Implementation of deficit irrigation strategies on
stone fruit trees and olive

1. Grassland management including: aération, Vibrosem or grassland fissuring and grass seed mixtures
2. Reduced cultivation
3.Nitrate-trap crops
- Early crops sowing, in order to generate a bigger tillering and to profit of a maximum of nitrogen, with frost-susceptible cover crops (e.g. buckwheat, Egyptian clover) to limit weeds and diseases

- Cover-crop sowed under rapeseed


Czech Republic

1. Application of limy materials


2. Applications of manures, composts, crop residues, and the other sources of organic matter


3. Reduced/non-reduced soil cultivation

Increasing of soil buffering capacity (experimental results of long-term experiments)

Increasing of acid-neutralizing capacity of the soil and improving of SOM content (long-term field experiments with application of different kind and application doses
of organic fertilisers)

Study of impacts of different cultivation technologies (with/without ploughing, minimum tillage) on soil quality, fertility, as water flows, microorganisms, texture and structure

Denmark StakeholderMeeting2

Today, Tuesday,  May 29th 2018, the 3rd plenary meeting of the SoilCare project has started. The SoilCare resarchers were welcomed by AgroIntelli director Ole Green and Tommy Dalgaard, teamleader of the Aarhus University SoilCare team, the two SoilCare partners who are hosting this meeting.

Welcome speeches of the AgroIntelli and Aarhus University hosts and SoilCare project leader Rudi Hessel were given, followed by an overview of recent developments in soil science, given bij Oene Oenema.

Today also an introduction of Advisory Board member Hein ten Berge was given, who is joining this plenary meeting as an external expert and who will give a first-impression-feedback on his findings on Wednesday. The rest of the day is reserved for various WP presentations.

Friday, an excursion has been organised to the Askov Research Centre (Aarhus University) to see the 120 years long-term experiment. Below an impression of the ongoing meeting.
















Here is a list of the completed and anticipated public (PU) project deliverables. Other deliverables are available only to project partners during the course of the project (REstricted).

 Deliverable name  Work package number  Completion/Due date
D1.1  SoilCare website  1  August 2016 
D3.1 SoilCare Stakeholder analysis report  3 February 2017 
D2.1 Review report of soil-improving CS v2 (Oct 2017)  2  August 2017
D3.2  List of CS selected for testing in WP5  3  August 2017
D7.1 Inventory of opportunities and bottlenecks in policy to facilitate the adoption of soil-improving techniques  7  February 2018
D3.3  Report on the role of trust and other factors in the adoption and social acceptability of soil-improving innovations  3   February 2019
D7.2  Report on the selection of good policy alternatives at EU and study site level accompanied by an analysis of their performance on multiple criteria  7  February 2020
D5.2 Report on demonstration activities in Study Sites  5  April 2020
D6.1 Report on the integration and synthesis of Study Site results and their potential for upscaling  6  April 2020
D6.2 Report on the potential for applying soil-improving CS across Europe  6  June 2020
D3.4 Report describing final stakeholder workshops held in study sites, detailing stakeholder feedback on preliminary findings 3  October 2020
D5.3 Report on monitoring results and analysis 5  October 2020
D6.3 Interactive mapping tool for the application of soil-improving CS across Europe 6  October 2020
D8.3 Final conference to disseminate the project results to a range of stakeholders 8  December 2020
D7.3 Policy briefings translating the scientific evidence to a policy audience 7  February 2021
D8.1 SoilCare information hub 8  February 2021