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OK-Net Arable: exchanging knowledge to improve organic arable cropping

The OK-Net Arable thematic network funded through Horizon 2020 aims to improve the exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists to increase productivity and quality in organic arable cropping all over Europe. The project started in March 2015 and will last for 3 years.

OK-Net Arable has three specific objectives:

  • to synthesise the practical and scientific knowledge already available about organic arable farming, and to identify the best methodology in knowledge exchange. Based on this easily understandable education will be developed
  • to create a European network of farmer innovation groups. This network will serve to exchange experiences and test the education material developed in the project
  • to create an online platform for knowledge exchange across Europe unique in organic farming

 

The consortium consists of 17 partners, covering in total 13 countries from all corners of Europe.

Read more...This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 Programme under grant agreement 652654.

For more information on this project, visit the OK-Net Arable website.

 

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OK-Net Arable for more knowledge exchange in organic farming

OK-Net Arable: exchange knowledge, enhance farming

The OK-Net Arable project promotes exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists with the aim to increase productivity and quality in organic arable cropping in Europe. Since the start of the project in March 2015, the following has been achieved:

Scientific analysis of constraints in organic arable cropping

Based on most recent scientific literature, OK-Net Arable identified the barriers for increasing productivity in organic arable cropping and made recommendations in the areas of soil fertility and nutrient management, weed control and pest and disease control. Read the report.

Farmer innovation groups share common challenges

OK-Net Arable works with 14 farmer innovation groups, located in 10 countries distributed throughout Europe. These are groups of organic arable farmers engaged in research and innovation. OK-Net Arable brought together the common challenges identified by the groups in a report. These include weed management, soil fertility, and pest and disease control. Data from the farmer innovation groups show a wide range of crop yields. This indicates there is need, but also a clear possibility to improve farm yields. The report gives a good overview of challenges faced by organic arable farmers in Europe and presents solutions that the farmer innovation groups have been working on. All those working on this topic may be interested. Read the report.

Best methods for learning and knowledge exchange

OK-Net Arable has analysed how farmers and farm advisers access information. The findings show that the use of printed media is still wide-spread and that physical meetings (e.g. field days) are preferred to anonymous online courses. Nevertheless, it was also found that social media is changing the way information is spread and highlights the importance of online videos in the exchange of knowledge across borders.

Share your innovative solutions

The findings mentioned above are now being used to identify advisory materials and solutions that respond to the farmers’ challenges. The farmer innovation groups will be fully involved in this, but you are also invited to contribute.

Share your innovative solutions for enhancing arable farming. Complete the template and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The materials collected will be made available on the OK-Net Arable knowledge platform which will be launched this fall.

 

 

 

Read more...This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 Programme under grant agreement 652654.