This Pillar will oversee the development of a Decision Support Tool (DST) for farmers and advisors, which we will name the Soil Navigator (analogous to the ‘Carbon Navigator’ by Murphy et al., 2013). This Soil Navigator will provide a menu of user-friendly soil management strategies, ranked by cost-effectiveness, to manage the soil functions on individual farms (local scale). This menu will be stratified by pedo-climatic zone and farming system.
Farmers and extension services participating in LANDMARK will be actively involved in developing and testing these tools. Pillar 1 is co-ordinated by Prof Christian Bugge Henriksen (University of Copenhagen).
Soil Navigator (task 5.1)
In October 2017 the LANDMARK Consortium together with the Stakeholder Steering Committee members tested 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 testing the app of the soil navigator with the farmer in front of the soil biodiversity DEXi tree attributes.
Figure 3. Discussion and testing the software tool of the soil navigator with the Primary Productivity researcher and our SSC members.
Testing and evaluation of the Decision Support Tool (task 5.2)
- Deliverable 5.1 Decision Support Tool for Soil Husbandry, stratified by pedo-climatic zone and land use