A tool for soil management in vineyards and olive groves

Effective soil management practices play a crucial role in supporting innovative cultivation methods in vineyards and olive groves. With a myriad of options and functions available for enhancing soil health, selecting the right practices and quantifying their benefits can be a complex endeavor. Therefore, the development of a decision support tool to address this complexity and assist farmers in defining and implementing the optimal soil management strategy is of paramount importance.

This tool must be adaptable to the specific characteristics of each field, taking into account factors such as location, plant and soil attributes, and primary soil management activities. By utilising user-provided data, the tool can identify potential threats to soil health, including erosion, organic matter decline, compaction, hardpan formation, drought susceptibility, loss of biodiversity, and water stagnation. It provides detailed descriptions of each soil health threat, outlining the contributing factors and the associated consequences.

Additionally, disease and pest management considerations have been integrated into the tool. It assesses the impact of various soil management activities on the potential occurrence and development of diseases and pests in both vineyards and olive groves.

Based on this comprehensive analysis, users receive tailored recommendations for mitigating soil threats from an agronomic perspective. They can access descriptive information about different mitigation activities and gain insights into how soil management practices influence the prevalence of major disease and pest categories in their vineyards or olive groves.

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