On Monday, we went to visit the Centre for Agriculture and Environment in Nossen. There, we received a warm welcome by Dr Bergfeld, head of the Agriculture Department of the Saxon State Agency for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG). After an introduction into the agency and its responsibilities, we got to follow the way soil samples take in the laboratory (see captions for details).
Introduction to the Centre for Agriculture and Environment, Nossen, and the Saxon State Agency for Environment, Agriculture and Geology by Dr. Bergfeld
Dr. Goldstein explains sample preparation at the Saxon State Association for Environment and Agriculture (BfUL).
Destruction of soil aggregates and separation of corse and fine fraction.
Standard soil analysis explained.
Automatic measurement of grain size distribution (based on Köhn).
Here, undisturbed samples are being analysed.
Dr. Mais elaborates on the analysis of organic compounds.
Mr. Nusche explains the analysis of macronutrients.
The optimal pH for low mobility of heavy metals in soils.
After lunch, Dr Trapp and her colleagues introduce us to the test done in Nossen and in other facilities of the LfULG, for example, to give recommendations on the varieties most suitable for local conditions.
Dr. Trapp introduces us to the multifunctional research on crop production done in Nossen.
We also receive insights into the specific challenges in trials related to organic agriculture.
Experiments in the vessel station help with pre-selection prior to large scale test under field conditions.
The art of group selfies 😉
Diversity in, on and around a Saxon loess soil. An interest in land care unites.
The field trials require a set of special machines, such as this one for conservation agriculture. We are lucky because we get to see them all.
A last round of questions and answers with Dr Schmidt.