Methods of use during extreme weather

Last changed: 25 January 2022

Climate projections for Sweden show higher temperatures during the summer and greater variations in precipitation between years. This will pose enormous challenges for Swedish agriculture. From SLU RådNu, researchers Jenny Höckert and Christina Lundström participate. The project runs from 2020 to 2022 and is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Agricultural Research.

The main objective of the project is to highlight the relationship between farming methods, soil quality and harvesting. To study these connections, we gather 60-70 farmers in Västergötland and Östergötland and conduct surveys and interviews to identify risks, measures and knowledge gaps to ensure stable plant production in a changing climate, and measure the soil quality of 60-70 fields and collects years of data on farming methods, harvesting and weather conditions to quantify the relationship between farming methods, soil quality and harvest (harvest level and crop stability).

Our hypothesis is that a good soil quality improves crop stability and that a more diversified (e.g. varied crop rotation) and less intensive (e.g. smaller tillage) management systems promote soil quality.