In 1947 today’s date Agroscope started the collection of on farm data to draft extension information and indices for grower prices. Agridea and Agroscope lead the project Support Obst Arbo (SOA), which gives detailed basics for growers, extension and research. 20–25 references fruit farms deliver their data to the project to evaluate the on farm and on plot profitability. The evaluation with normed salary and machine costs shows that the benefit of the half of the growers is equal to zero or lower. This limits the flexibility of investments. From 2001 to 2011 the variety distribution has changed. Gala, Braeburn e Golden Delicious are still the most popular varieties. However Milwa, Fuji, Nicoter and Scifresh increased in surface. The profitability between cultivars is very variable: Gala, Braeburn e Fuji achieve better results, while Golden Delicious and Milwa have poor results. This because Golden Delicious is low in price and Milwa has low yield despite good prices.
Birdsfoot trefoil and sainfoin are used in mixtures for perennial hay meadows and for tannin-containing fodder. Agroscope is adding two new cultivars of birdsfoot trefoil to the ‘List of Recommended Varieties of Forage Plants’, whilst there is no change in the case of sainfoin.
Tall oat grass and golden oat grass are typical hay-meadow grasses that are also suitable for forage mixtures. Of the four tall and three golden oat grass varieties tested, only one new variety of tall oat grass is likely to make it onto the List of Recommended Varieties.
Stevenel P., Wendling M., Brabant C., Suss H., Savoyat C., Dierauer H., Mascher F., Charles R.
FiBL and Agroscope investigated bread wheat varieties to determine their yield and quality stability. The results show that the choice of variety must be adapted to the site and that high yield potential does not go hand-in-hand with a high protein content.