One of the 3 main pillars of the Landmark project is the development of a Decision Support Tool for farmers and farm advisors, which we call the Soil Navigator (analogous to the ‘Carbon Navigator’ by Murphy et al., 2013). This Soil Navigator provides a menu of user-friendly soil management strategies to manage the soil functions on individual fields on the farm (local scale). The menu is stratified by pedo-climatic zones, land uses ( cropland and grassland) and farming systems.
Farmers and extension services participating in LANDMARK are actively involved in developing and testing the tool. The Pillar 1 team is coordinated by Prof Christian Bugge Henriksen (University of Copenhagen).
Are you interested in testing the Soil Navigator? EMAIL US at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The FIRST PHASE – Developing the Soil Navigator (task 5.1)
In October 2017 the LANDMARK Consortium together with the Stakeholder Steering Committee members evaluated for the first time the soil navigator during the field exercise in farm Burini, Bibbiano, Reggio-Emilia, Italy. More info on the day here.
Figure 1. The LANDMARK consortium together with the SSC members, the Burini farmer, the Emilia- Romagna region colleagues of the monitoring system and the EIP-AGRI OGs partners of PRATI-CO, October 2017, Bibbiano, Reggio-Emilia, Italy.
Figure 2. Discussion and evaluating the app of the soil navigator with the farmer in front of the soil biodiversity DEXi tree attributes.
Figure 3. Discussion and evaluating the software tool of the soil navigator with the Primary Productivity researcher and our SSC members.
In October 2018 the LANDMARK Consortium together with the Stakeholder Steering Committee members conducted a second evaluation workshop for the soil navigator during the field exercise in grassland and in cropland fields of a farm in Denmark. More info on the day here.
SECOND PHASE – Testing and evaluation of the SOIL NAVIGATOR Decision Support Tool (task 5.2)
Figure 4. The Danish soil pedologist is explaining the characteristics of the soil and the farmer is sharing the information on the land use and soil management practices applied.
Figure 5. The Danish farmer is trying the soil navigator tool together with our Slovenian modeller.
Current progress by the Task 5.1 and 5.2 teams:
In 2019 the database of suggest management options to be included in the soil navigator was completed. In addition, the soil navigator was translated to German, French and Danish for the country specific field evaluations, and additionally to Italian, Spanish, Romanian. The soil navigator is now available in seven languages. The soil navigator evaluation workshops as well as the on-farm tests were in held EU countries (Austria, Denmark, France, Ireland, Germany).
The plan for the rest of 2019 is to:
- Adjust the Soil Navigator based on the feedback from the evaluation workshops
- Finalize the Soil Navigator to make it ready for deployment on 26th of August 2019 at the SOIL HORIZON workshop in Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Deliverable 5.1 Decision Support Tool for Soil Husbandry, stratified by pedo-climatic zone and land use ..coming soon August 2019