Asaja’s test fields in Almazán focus on ecological fertilization and making carbon cultivation profitable

The coronavirus pandemic caused that, in 2020 and 2021, after two decades of group visits for an average of 300 farmers from all over the province to the days of the test fields -managed by the technical services of Asaja Soria in Almazan-, The activity had to be carried out individually.

This year it was already possible to undertake a group visit, in which the agricultural professionals had, as always, all the results of the experimentation on the Almazán farms with plantings of various crops.

Asaja’s technical services, led by Jose Ignacio Marcos and Cristina Garcia, They provided all the data that the farmers needed to make the most of the visit to the test fields, in addition to solving whatever was required of them in all their doubts about tillage, doses, previous crops, dates, treatments, etc. On this occasion, the program of the visit included many more activities. In the first place, with a new experience in biological fertilization, in charge of the Technical Department of Crops of Syngenta.

also of multifunctional bands (ecoschemes), of the Syngenta Sustainability Technical Department. There was also an opportunity to see the Copiso-Ragt microplot trials in situ. (In this case, in charge of the Copiso Crops Technical Department).

Next, the farmers went to the Calderón Cinema Theater in Almazán where they were able to listen to an informative talk on how to make carbon farming profitable, from the Technical Department Agoro Carbon Alliance, from Yara). The day concluded with a guided visit to the new factory of blending of Copiso in Almazán.

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Dujo: “Provide practical solutions and decide on confirmed facts”

Without ignoring the climatological difficulties, with a very notable lack of rainfall that conditioned the state of the fields, and logistics to develop this great agricultural laboratory in the open air, the board of directors of the professional agrarian organization – with its president Carmel Gomez, and its vice president, Ana Pastor, at the forefront in this comprehensive edition – has always highlighted the importance of this initiative because it provides practical solutions to the new challenges of agriculture in the province and will not stop promoting new work and strategies for successive editions.

In this same sense, the regional president of Asaja, Donaciano Dujo, also spoke, who attended this conference to check the tests prepared and at the same time to be able to chat and exchange views with the more than 300 professionals who attended.

Dujo acknowledged that “this test work that would have to be done on a private farm is done by Asaja-Soria and thus the farmer can decide on confirmed facts, and it is logical that farmers are looking forward to visiting these fields every year because they are very useful in decision-making”.

The test fields, located in the vicinity of the Morón highway, are also designed to improve the competitiveness of the farms.

New tests are planned for 2023 in order to check the results of the latest additions in various varieties of crops and thus corroborate their results on the profitability of the exploitation and with the aim of looking for the options that best adapt to the land, on the convenience of one type or another of seeds from the point of view of yields, resistance to diseases, planting dose and germination level.

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Asaja Soria wants to thank the support and backing of the companies and entities that have allowed this event to take place, and especially the collaborating farmers.