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Environmental and economic modelling of organic, stockless, horticultural crop rotations

Schmutz, Dr Ulrich; Rayns, Dr Francis; Firth, Mr Chris; Rosenfeld, Dr Anton; Thorup-Kristensen, Dr Kristian; Zhang, Dr Kefeng and Rahn, Dr Clive (2006) Environmental and economic modelling of organic, stockless, horticultural crop rotations. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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Selected results from the ongoing “EU-Rotate_N” research project are presented. This EU 5th-framework project is developing a model-based decision support system to optimise nitrogen use in horticultural crop rotations across Europe. This paper introduces the economic and the fertility-building crops sub-models, and shows data from model validation and first model runs on an organic farm in central England. Preliminary results show that the model has the potential to be a powerful support tool for farmers and advisors, making decisions on rotational plan-ning. The economic, agronomic and environmental consequences of different rotational designs can be projected and assessed in detail.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 4: Crop systems and soils
Deposited By: Schmutz, Dr Ulrich
ID Code:7292
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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