Two coefficients are important for the calculation of repair costs and machine costs. The repair factor gives the proportion of new value incurred as repair costs in the course of service life. Fuel consumption, and hence fuel costs, are calculated using the average engine utilisation factor. On the basis of an empirical study both coefficients are calculated for seven machine categories, including combine-harvesters and sugar beet harvesters. The utilisation factors are very consistent in a comparison with current ART Machine Cost Report values. There are considerable differences in repair costs and repair factor. Even if the results are relativised by the low number of machines investigated, a clear reduction in repair costs per unit of work is found in relation to previous investigations.
Agrivoltaics combines energy generation and agricultural production on the same land. Although this system is eliciting increasing interest, its success depends on numerous factors and the most compatible crops have yet to be identified.
How do farmers experience social sustainability on their farms? As an Agroscope study shows, this depends on farmers’ identities and farm types.
Cheese stands out as one of the main Swiss agricultural trade offensive interests. Outside the EU, the USA are an important export destination. The CAPRI model allows to assess the impact of a free trade agreement for cheese between the USA and CH.