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Deliverable 4.8: Final Report on new fertilization management to improve soil fertility and health in intensive organic orchards

Sabine, Zikeli; Lepp, Birgit; Boutry, Clémence; Dhzuvinov, Vasily; Fumancyk, Ewa; Holtz, Thomas; Malusa, Eligio; Neri, Davide and Ponzio, Carlo (2021) Deliverable 4.8: Final Report on new fertilization management to improve soil fertility and health in intensive organic orchards. .

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To get more detailed information on nutrient budgets in organic apple orchards, a case study was conducted in the Alte Land region (Lower Saxony, Germany). Semi-structured inter-views with organic apple growers and soil analyses of selected orchard sites were performed in order to verify how the fertilization practices affect the level of soil nutrients.
The test of several alternative sources of organic fertilizers was carried out in field trials on organic apple located in Switzerland (FIBL), Italy (LAIM), Bulgaria (FGI), Poland (IN-HORT) and Germany (UHOH). As production intensities differed between the locations, different target N levels were applied by the project partners. In addition, since the sources of alternative fertilizers differ depending on the European region, the choice of the fertilizers was based on the product availability for local farmers. In Germany, for instance, access to com-mercially produced biogas digestates and composts is easy for organic growers, but this is not the case in Bulgaria. However, a common standard fertilizer, horn grit, was used on all sites in addition to an unfertilized control to allow for a multi-site comparison.
At FGI, INHORT and UHOH field trials in intensive apple orchards were done for two (FGI) or three years (INHORT, UHOH), testing the fertilizers under conditions of local cultivation practices. Moreover, in order to better understand the N dynamics, incubation (LAIM) and pot trials (FIBL, LAIM) were carried out.

EPrint Type:Report
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Soil > Nutrient turnover
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > CORE Organic Cofund > Domino
Deposited By: Ponzio, Dr Carlo
ID Code:42725
Deposited On:02 Nov 2021 14:53
Last Modified:04 Feb 2022 10:32
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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