Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2007 newsletter from what until now has been called the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences. As of 1 January 2007 we are merged with the University of Aarhus and have become the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.In this newsletter you can read about healthy bees, global warming and agriculture, reducing the use of pesticides, and avoiding compacted soil, among other things. Some of the subjects in the newsletter and on our website (www.agrsci.org) will be covered in more depth at the Danish Crop Production Seminar 2007, which will be held in conjunction with Agromek. You can also read about the seminar in this newsletter.

New weather needs new agriculture

Agriculture must be prepared for the future by adapting to climate changes. In this way it can take advantage of the situation while at the same time limiting the risk of nutrients and pesticides leaching to the aquatic environment.

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Healthy food for youngsters

Scientists from the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences are taking part in a project to develop healthy foods that appeal to children and teenagers.

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Healthy fibre

The fibre content of cereals not only contributes energy, protein and fat, it also has a positive effect on animal health.

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Farmers can reduce the use of pesticides

With the aid of the computer programme ’Planteværn OnLine’ there is potential for reducing the use of pesticides, especially if the programme reduces the adminstrative workload for the farmer.

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New results on soil compaction

Tyre width and tyre pressure should be optimised in order to bear the weight of modern, very heavy agricultural machinery.

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Fewer poisoned bees

Since the early 1960s, the number of bees poisoned by insecticides has fallen by 95 per cent. Now there are less than 10 recorded cases each year.

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Higher yields with less water

Alternating the irrigation between the two sides of the crop may be how we irrigate in the future. The method saves water without affecting yields.

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Hens love outdoor foraging

Outdoor foraging is hot stuff for hens. And it turns out that high-yielding outdoor hens literally stuff themselves with plants, insects and other delicacies.

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