2nd ISTRO Working Group – Conservation Soil Tillage Workshop

[7th-8th September, 2021, Osijek, Croatia]

 

Working Group - Conservation Soil Tillage (WG-CST)

WG-CST will organize a 2nd Workshop relating to and dealing mainly with ISTRO interest areas (e.g. Soil and Water Management, Tillage role on Greenhouse Gases Emissions, Plant Nutrition, Tillage tools and Implements, Crop Protection, etc.) but also any other topics related to Conservation Soil Tillage. WG-CST 2nd Workshop aims to open discussion and gathering basic and specific knowledge about current situation in science and professional work in domain of Conservation Soil Tillage.

 

Workshop Topics:

  • CST worldwide experiences / overview
  • CST results from different experiments
  • CST relation to other agricultural practices
  • CST in and what we learn from experimental results
  • CST as a challenge in changing world

 

Preliminary program (at a glance):

1st day – abstract presentations and topics discussion

2nd day – field trip (field demonstrations, visit a progressive farm and CST experiments)

 

Official language will be English

 

Workshop fees: free of charge for all Workshop participants (fees include attendance, workshop booklet, field trip and meals)

 

Abstract: Authors are kindly asked to prepare an abstract which will be published. Abstract should be no longer than 300 words (excluded title of abstract, name(s) and affiliation of author(s)).

 

Abstract submission deadline: 1st August 2021

 

Workshop venue:

Faculty of Agrobiotechnical Sciences Osijek

Vladimira Preloga 1

31000 Osijek

Croatia

 WG-CST Registration form

 


For additional information please use these contacts:

  • Chair - Danijel Jug (Croatia) - (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

  • Secretary - Daniel Plaza-Bonilla (Spain) - (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


NOTICE:

From establishing up to present day, WG-CST counts 34 members from 15 different countries. Any ISTRO member, or potential ISTRO member or anyone interested, is kindly invited and welcome to join WG-CST (there is no any cost) and can do so simply by contacting the Chair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) of WG-CST.

 







 

WORKSHOP REPORT / SUMMARY

after

1st ISTRO Working Group – Conservation Soil Tillage Workshop

[8th-9th September, 2020, Osijek, Croatia]

 

Dear member of ISTRO Working Group – Conservation Soil Tillage,
At first, I wish to thank to all WG-CST members who were able to participate on meeting, especially due to corona issue and real possibilities for COVID-19. In spite of that reason, as general overview and in my personal opinion, meeting was very successful.

As small contribution and as results from our meeting, on official ISTRO web site (https://www.istro.org/index.php/publications/other-publications) you may find Book of Abstracts, plus with some other, I hope, interesting and useful information.

 

After two-day Workshop meeting, as the main conclusions can be listed:

  • Visual evaluation is a very good and useful tool for evaluation of soil/crop conditions and for prevention of many human and/or climate induced threats,
  • Conservation Soil Tillage play one of the main roles in sustainable approach to crop production, but on global scale still not recognized in proportions which is deserved as technique for adaptation and mitigation of climate change and soil degradation,
  • Different definitions of Conservation Soil Tillage are pretty common on global scale which sometimes leads to misunderstandings in evaluation of achieved scientific and practical results,
  • Proportion of knowledge and practical experience is very heterogeneous on every level (scientists to farmers) and depends on global, regional and even on local scale,
  • Main barriers for expanding adoption of Conservation Soil Tillage can be divided on two different group: Economic and social development (knowledge, tradition, technics, technology, science implementation etc.) and Agro-ecological conditions (climate, soil, water, crop, biology etc.),
  • Main reason/motivation to adoption Conservation Soil Tillage in crop production are positive financial effect, but unfortunately, the other positive effects as (reduction of soil erosion, increase biogenity and quality of soil, less traffic and soil compaction alleviation, nutritional status and quality traits of crops, weed infestation etc.), are still in the background,
  • The participants were very interested in discussing a certain topic and expressed interest in different ways of cooperation,
  • Participants agreed on a joint writing edition – Glossary of Conservation Soil Tillage. This proposition needs to be discussed with ISTRO board in details on the next meeting or most likely on main ISTRO conference in Dublin,
  • Work in WG is very good "channel" for additional promotion of ISTRO activities and has potential for attracting new members,

 






 


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