News: Mobilizing farmers for crop rotation in Norwegian Living Lab
Advisors motivate farmers to increase and improve the crop rotation at their farms. In relation to the Norwegian Living Lab advisors inform about crop rotation, what it is and what advantages there are.
In the region of Trøndelag four information meetings were organized by a regional group of stakeholders in grain sector, between 10th and 12nd of December 2019, for grain producers. At these meetings advisors involved in the Living Lab put crop rotation on the agenda. At one of the meetings, 55 farmers were gathered to listen to advisors and researchers, and chat with peers together with a cup of coffee. Advisor Astrid Johansen from the Norwegian Agricultural Extension Service, argued that crop rotation could improve the production, and also increase the profit from the farm, and in addition reducing the climate gas emissions.
The farmers were asked to show their interest for learning more about crop rotation, and 17 of them at this specific meeting answered yes. However, very few of the participants showed immediate interest in crop rotation in cooperation with others, but the advisors hope that this interest gradually will grow by learning more about the advantages, and by getting helpful tools in order to organize such co-operation. Especially for farmers growing arable monocultures (grains, vegetables), crop rotation across properties may be an optional strategy to improve their agronomic practice. .
Astrid is also project manager for a project on crop rotation (Vekstskifte), in which the Living Lab is operating together with the research institute Ruralis.
AgriLink Living Labs are a set of organizational practices that involve a number of people, firms, agencies or organizations to collectively achieve something they want. The participants work together to find out how they understand the agricultural advisory service issue that they are involved in. Further, they work on one or more solutions or measures to develop that service. In the Norwegian Lab the aim it so improve crop rotation at farms and especially across farms. To achieve this aim there is a need to develop and improve advisory service on this topic.