BEST CULTIVATION PRACTICES

Find out how to ideally cultivate for 20 common crops and achieve integrated pest management, targeted spraying , optimal water management.

Find out how to ideally cultivate for 20 common crops and achieve:

  • Integrated pest management:  and combination of pest control techniques for identifying and observing pests, insects and weeds appearances in the initial stages. You have to also realize that not all pests, insects and weeds are harmful and therefore it makes more sense to let them co-exist with the crop than spend money eliminating them.
  • Targeted spraying works best when you need to remove specific pests, insects and weeds only. This not only helps you to spray pest on the selected areas but will also protect wildlife from getting affected. The app also includes best spraying techniques, routes, patterns, quantities and dilutions.
  • Optimal Water Management: The first step in water management is selection of the right crops (combined to function 1). You must choose the suitable crops as suggested from function 1 as they are more adaptable to the weather conditions of your field.(e.g. Crops that do not command too much water must be chosen for dry areas). Irrigation systems need to be well planned otherwise they lead to other issues like river depletion, dry land and soil degradation. The app provides a full watering program for all crops
  • The Crop Calendar is a tool that provides you with timely information about all crop production stages to promote best yields. It contains information on when exactly to plant, sow and harvesting periods of locally adapted crops in specific agro-ecological zones. It also provides time specific information on the sowing rates of seed and planting material and the main agricultural practices (watering, spraying, applying and managing fertilisers and manures, pruning etc). This app will inform you about the most cost-effective use of major nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, magnesium, sodium) and trace elements. It also provides information about choosing and applying fertiliser and organic manures, providing nutrient management. This tool supports farmers and agriculture consultants across Europe in taking appropriate decisions on every day hands-on-the-job, respecting the agro-ecological dimension. The Crop Calendar provides information for 20 crops, located in Mediterranean agro-ecological zones.