On soils requiring a high energy input for tillage, tillage methods show quite considerable differences with regard to work efficiency, energy requirements and efficiency. In all these respects, active (PTO driven) systems provide better results than passive implements. This is particularly true of the rotary tiller. Increasing the work intensity excessively has proved to be inefficient. The energy input is approximately the same as what is required for the hand hoe. In comparison to natural energy flows which have a much higher influence on soil structure, the energy required seems to be relatively low, even in case of a high work intensity.
Pfister M., Feller S., Stöckli L.
The training programme for farmworkers imparts broad skills to academically weak learners. What chances do they have on the labour market today and in the future and how do they succeed in making the transition to further training?
El Benni N., Ryser U., Rösch M., Mattmann M., Abt F., Paupe L. and Gusset M.
The Swiss agricultural sector currently makes little use of the opportunities offered by digitalisation. A charter launched in 2018 aims to further develop the digitalisation of the Swiss agricultural and food sector and to exploit the potential in the interests of all stakeholders.
Breitenmoser S., Steinger Th., Hiltpold I., Grosjean Y., Nussbaum V., Bussereau F., Klötzli F., Widmer N. and Baux A.
Sowing oilseed rape with other plants reduces damage caused by adult flea beetle, according to a study conducted at Agroscope. This intercropping approach could limit reliance on insecticides and the emergence of resistant pests.