ACW developed an Excel based tool called ArboPlus to help growers to roughly evaluate their situation on orchard, farm and family level. Information has been collected within workshops and interviews with consultants for fruit production and business. At orchard level, growers can analyze their productivity and compare it with a benchmark. At farm level, they can evaluate the balance, cash flow, cooperation, satisfaction with their employees and buyers, retirement arrangements and employment situation. Family level can also be evaluated: sharing of work, cohabitation of generations, self competences and external workplace. The main results are summarized on four issues: work-life-balance, finance, selling and work. With this information, it’s possible to choose the objectives and define strategies. In the following year, growers are able to control the achievement of their objectives. Thus, with ArboPlus growers can roughly analyse their economic situation. Topics such as plant protection and environmental aspects are not integrated. ArboPlus has been developed for fruit growers and is only available in German so far.
Stucky T., Hochstrasser M., Meyer S., Segessemann T., Ruthes A. C., Ahrens C. H., Dahlin P., Pelludat C.
The root knot nematode (RKN) Meloidogyne incognita causes damage in field and greenhouse crops. Agroscope researchers have developed a new screening test to identify bacteria that antagonise this agricultural pest.
With CULTAN fertilisation, nitrogen is injected into the soil as an ammonium solution. Multi-year trials conducted by Agroscope show that this method reduces nitrogen leaching by an average 38% without negatively affecting yields.
Tuta absoluta is one of the most destructive pests of solanaceous crops. Agroscope has developed a statistical model to study the population dynamics of the pest and its parasitoids and allows interventions to be optimally planned.