Comparison of cropping methods for winter wheat (VA20/VA21)

The diversity of possible ways of producing winter wheat will be demonstrated by 11 teams from Denmark, France, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Germany. Each participant in the competition variant will be striving to achieve the highest performance free of direct costs. In the experimental variant the teams will be presenting what they consider to be an interesting process. The varied design of the cropping methods (variety, drilling method, fertilizing, plant protection) corresponds to the diversity of market requirements.

Some participants will be trying to achieve additional yield potential through early drilling, a method practised in many farms in the region. At the DLG-Feldtage 2014 you can discuss with the participants how they handle the associated higher demands made of crop management and plant protection.

DLG-Feldtage 2018 Comparing results of European growers of winter wheat

Comparing the results of winter wheat growers in different countries is a classic event at the DLG field days. Forming part of the specialist programme it gives visitors the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of cropping practices from various arable regions in Europe, including Germany. At the same time, visitors can discuss the practices with the experts literally ‘in the field’ and draw their conclusions on what might be applicable to their own wheat regimes.

This year nine teams from Denmark, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Germany are taking part in two different trial versions. One trial follows a competitive approach which sees the participants take on the role of farmers who look for maximum and direct cost-free yields from the plot. The other trial follows an innovative approach that sees the participants present what they perceive as interesting practices, procedures or solutions. Covering all aspects of cropping (crop variety, planting systems, fertilisation, crop protection), the event caters to the specific demands and needs of the individual markets. In addition to these two approaches, DLG will be presenting a third trial version, namely strip tilling which, although not an element in the competition, has come out well in a comparison of various cultivation schemes.

Showing the diversity of farming techniques across Europe, the individual approaches are not only presented on the demonstration plots but the wheat is actually harvested in an authentic field trial. This reflects the fact that the participants are competitors and that their achievements should be evaluated according to standards that take individual conditions into account. The level of yield and the quality of the grain, which commands the market price, are used to determine the revenue of the producer.  This is offset against the costs of a particular farming system and its actual performance after direct costs are removed from the equation. The results will be published in autumn and will give the visitors to the Field Days an opportunity to see for themselves how well the competitors managed to adapt to the conditions prevailing in their regions and how effective they were in reaching the target quality and yield levels quoted by them beforehand.

Documenting all details of a specific cropping system is fundamental for its scientific assessment and evaluation. This information is compiled in a brochure that is handed out to the visitors on the site of the demo plots. This work was supported by the firm FarmFacts GmbH (Hofgeismar).

The economic evaluation of a system is based on a cost-price framework that reflects the conditions prevailing in the individual region where the system is trialled. Visitors can use the data obtained to evaluate the viability of a system against their own business data. Each farming system is evaluated as a whole, because as weather and soil conditions have an impact on individual practices, it is not possible to assess the effects they have.



The 20/7/18 participants introducing themselves

Institut für Bodenkultur und Pflanzenbau e.V. Ferenc Kornis

Lindenallee 7
06449 Schackenthal

Running number.: 1,2
Varieties: Julie, Wintergold
Quality level: E, Durum
Targeted yield level (100kg/ha): 90, 70
Maximum N-rate (kg/ha) to implementing regulation: 214,159

Hochschule Anhalt (FH) Fachbereich Landwirtschaft, Ökotrophologie und Landschaftsentwicklung Prof. Dr. Anette Deubel

Strenzfelder Allee 28
06406 Bernburg

Running number.: 3,4 
Varieties: Ponticus, Lavoisier
Quality level: E, B
Targeted yield level (100kg/ha): 85, 90
Maximum N-rate (kg/ha) to implementing regulation: 209, 184

Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft, Forsten und Gartenbau Holger Minge

Strenzfelder Allee 22
06406 Bernburg-Strenzfeld

Running number.: 5,6 
Varieties: RGT Reform, RGT Reform
Qualitätsstufe: A, A
Targeted yield level (100kg/ha): 100, 100
Maximum N-rate (kg/ha) to implementing regulation: 194, 194

Strickhof Beratungsdienst Markus Bopp

8315 Lindau - Eschikon

Running number.: 7,8 
Varieties: Poncione, CH Nara
Quality level: A, A
Targeted yield level (100kg/ha): 85, 80
Maximum N-rate (kg/ha) to implementing regulation: 189, 174

Mendel University in Brno Agronomical Faculty Prof Jan Kren

Zemedelska 1
613 00 Brno

Running number: 9, 10
Varieties: RGT Reform, Julie
Quality level: B, B
Targeted yield level (100kg/ha): 110, 100
Maximum N-rate (kg/ha) to implementing regulation: 204, 194

NUBIP Agrobiological Faculty Svitlana Kalenska

Heroyiv Oborony st. 15
03041 Kyiv

Running number: 11, 12 
Varieties: Svitanok, Svitanok
Quality level: A, A
Targeted yield level (100kg/ha): 90, 90
Maximum N-rate (kg/ha) to implementing regulation: 184, 184

ООО "Agrostandart" Sergey Levshtanov

ul. Оktjabrskaja, 135/81
350000 Krasnodar

Running number: 13, 14 
Varieties: Genius, Cubus
Quality level: E, A
Targeted yield level (100kg/ha): 80, 100
Maximum N-rate (kg/ha) to implementing regulation: 204, 194

Patriotisk Selskab Peter Hvid

Ørbækvej 276
5220 Odense SØ

Running number: 15, 16 
Varieties: Benchmark, Sheriff
Quality level: K, C
Targeted yield level (100kg/ha): 113, 108
Maximum N-rate (kg/ha) to implementing regulation: 194, 194

10-tonsklubben Albin Gunnarson

Gunnarsons Jordbruk AB
Boberg Västergård
590 33 Fornåsa

Running number: 17, 18
Varieties: Sheriff, Hacksta
Quality level: B, B
Targeted yield level (100kg/ha): 100, 100
Maximum N-rate (kg/ha) to implementing regulation: 194, 194

IPZ Bernburg

Am Gutshof 3
06406 Bernburg

Running number: 19
Varieties: JB Asano Demo Strip till
Quality level: A
Targeted yield level (100kg/ha): 90
Maximum N-rate (kg/ha) to implementing regulation: 184

Your Contact:

Dr. Reinhard Rossberg
+49/ (0) 69 / 24788-314