Nowadays soil compaction is a phenomenon for long-term soil degradation, but has received much attention even before the mechanization of agriculture and forestry. In consequence of the overuse of soils and the intensification of agriculture, soil compaction becomes increasingly important. Because of the increasing sizes and masses of agricultural machinery, the problem soil degradation is subject of current research.
The development of applicable processes and tools for the optimization of a sustainable and soil protecting field cultivation is subject of research of the joint project SOILAssist ‘Sustainable protection and improvement of soil functions with intelligent land management strategies – a practical on-the-fly assistance system for farmers’. This project is part of the module (A) within the funding program BonaRes ‘Soil as a sustainable resource for the bioeconomy’ of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The SOILAssist project is part of the BonaRes funding program 'Soil as a sustainable resource for the bioeconomy' of the BMBF within the framework of the National Research Strategy Bioeconomy 2030. BonaRes consists of ten interdisciplinary research project consortia (module A) and the BonaRes - Centre for Soil Research (module B).
Research pursues the aim of safeguarding and – if possible – increasing the productivity and yields of soil. This is to be realized by the module (A) projects by achieving an optimized understanding and use of soil functions, an efficient management of water and nutrient utilization as well as optimizing farming strategies and soil-use management. The BonaRes - Centre is responsible for the cross-project coordination of the scientific collaborative projects. The particular goals are for example the provision of soil-related data in standardized form, the development of integrative model tools to evaluate land-use options and the development of a web-based portal.
Dr. Marco Lorenz
Thünen Institute of Agricultural Technology