AGVExperimental research facilities open field crops

Contact details:

Chris de Visser
Edelhertweg 1, 8219PH, Lelystad

Modern and well equipped crop and soil related research facilities are available in different regions in the Netherlands on which field trials can be carried out. Special equipment for field trials are available. Next to this, the facilities are equipped with climate and storage facilities for research purposes. In Lelystad, laboratory facilities are available, part of which with quarantine status. Finally, research facilities are available to test pilot scale innovations in the biobased and renewable energy economy as well as smart grid concepts.

The intended infrastructure concerns experimental facilities in Lelystad, Vredepeel, Westmaas, Valthermond, Marwijksoord and Nagele. These facilities are used to support scientific progress underlying innovations in arable farming, field vegetable production, the biobased economy and smart grid developments.
The emphasis lies in Lelystad where 700 ha of clay soil area available of which a part is SKAL certified for organic farming and available for organic farming research. High-tech machinery with GPS control area available to support data collection. For weed control, the location is equipped with advanced weed control mechanisms. Next to this, the location is equipped with 32 climate cells that allow research under controlled conditions (temperature, light, controlled atmosphere). Some cells allow research on forcing of plant roost (like witloof chicory). A greenhouse with 10 compartments is available for small scale level research, part of which equipped with cooling facilities. On the location, a 30 year phosphate trial is situated where varying levels of phosphate in the soil are realized making this facility valuable for scientific research on the role of phosphorus in agriculture (including emissions). Also, a multiyear research facility has been created for soil quality research based on a variety of different soil cultivation technologies. This has been developed for both organic and non-organic farming. A laboratory is available that is well equipped for nematological, microbiological, fytopathological research. Also, soil physics research can be carried out with adequate equipment. A variety of centrifuges is available.
The Lelystad location also houses installations used in biobased economy research. This includes a digester (1.000 m3 and 120 kW CHP) with advanced pretreatment machinery, a green gas separator (50 Nm3 per hour), refinery equipment including fermentors (2 vessels of 1.500 liter), sieves and centrifuges, algae production facilities (500 m2) and aquatic biomass research facilities equipped with cooling and warming facilities based on a heat pump. These installations are interconnected to facilitate waste stream re-use. The research value of these installations is enforced by matching labscale equipment on fermentation and algae growth. Finally, the location is equipped with a solar power research unit including a variety of solar panels and tracking systems.
In Vredepeel, 130 ha of drought sensitive sandy soil is available for scientific research on arable and field vegetable crops. Part of the area is SKAL certified for organic farming research. The location offers a 10-year old research facility on soil health and quality. Based on a variety of soil treatments and crop production a large variety of soil health statuses (diseases, organic matter contents) has been created. This offers a unique facility to study soil health mechanisms as well as an extensive database over more than 10 years..
In Westmaas, a 78 ha experimental facility for young clay soils has been set up. The location is also equipped with 16 research storage rooms and with three witloof chicory forcing cells.
In the two sandy soil and peat location, Valthermond and Marwijksoord, in total 164 ha of experimental fields are available. A 50 year old research facility on micro-element soil deficiencies has been set up and maintained. This is a unique facility to study the effects of these essential elements on plant growth.

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