FAO Field Farmer School: How to Hold a Spring Sowing Season

Posted on: 28 March 2019

The first training of FAO Field Farmer School was devoted to the issues of holding a spring sowing campaign. Among more than 50 participants were farmers, academics and agricultural students.

During the theoretical part, the participants studied the condition and peculiarities of the agro-meteorological conditions of the autumn-winter period in 2019 in Khersonska oblast, No-till, the problems of wind erosion and soil rehabilitation, as well as vertical soil tillage and methods of conservation and maximally effective use of winter moisture.

The practical part of the training was held on the State Enterprise Research Station “Velyki Klyny” and the farm “Tellus-Ug”, where the participants could see the studied issues directly on the field.

In particular, the training speakers provide farmers with important recommendations for the spring sowing season, which will help to resist wind erosion and reduce the spread of soil degradation:

  1. Introduce soil protection crop rotations, use direct sowing technology.
  2. Minimize tillage by leaving plant residue on the surface.
  3. Restore and plant protective shelterbelts.

In general, FAO will conduct ten training to help farmers to stop land degradation in Ukraine. Topics of trainings concern spring sowing season, biodiversity, irrigation, tillage methods, restoration of protective shelterbelts, economic aspects of farming practices.

Establishment of the Field Farmer School is an integral component of the project “Integrated Natural Resources Management in Degraded Landscapes in the Forest-Steppe and Steppe Zones of Ukraine”, implemented by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with the financial support of Global Environment Facility (GEF). Activities under this four-year FAO project relate to broader global efforts as they contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 15 for “Life on land.”