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Cereals are among the most important crops in terms of organic agriculture. Strong market demand and their relatively good performance in competing against weeds are contributing to increasing the total area of land under cultivation.

This family includes: wheat, rye, barley, triticale, oats, einkorn (small spelt), spelt (large spelt), emmer wheat, etc.

Our solutions

To avoid the emergence of diseases favoured by short rotations, cereals should not account for more than 50% of the crop rotation plan.

The nitrogen requirement of cereals allows them to be ranked in order of appearance within the rotation cycle. The ability to rotate between spring and winter cereals also improves weed management.

The following are very good options for crops to precede wheat: pasture, legumes, potatoes and field vegetables. Beetroot and corn silage are also good options to precede wheat, as are oats for other cereals. Sunflower and rye are much less appropriate for preceding wheat, barley and triticale, and should therefore be avoided.

Success factors

Fertilisation

Table showing the absorption and export of key nutrients (in kg/ha) for a yield of 1 tonne per hectare.

Nitrogen
(feed wheat)

A
27

Nitrogen
(milling wheat)

A
30

Nitrogen
(durum wheat)

A
35

P2O5

A
12
E
9

K2O

A
35
E
5

CaO

A
7
E
2

MgO

A
5
E
2

SO3

A
11
E
6

A : Assimilated     E : Exported

Nutrient elements absorbed by a winter wheat (yield 70 quintals/ha)

The nitrogen requirements of cereal species differ primarily as a result of the crop yield targets and potential. This is their ranking in descending order: wheat > barley-triticale > oats > spelt-rye > starch-grain > emmer wheat-einkorn

Phosphorus and potash should also be monitored, because soil phosphorus levels generally decrease when using organic farming techniques.

Lastly, there are two trace elements to be potentially monitored: copper and manganese.


Our organic agriculture solutions

Period of application :
Before planting

Objective: to extract maximum nutritional value from organic inputs and soil organic matter for greater productivity, since oilseed rape is very nitrogen-hungry

  • To improve element availability for stronger growth and higher yield
  • To maximise the benefits of preceding crops and inputs (to make your investments profitable)
  • To stimulate node development and maximise the benefits of rotation

Our inputs will also provide potassium, as well as sulphur, to boost crop nutrition, etc.

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Period of application:
At the time of planting

Objective: to ensure vigorous growth after planting and the stress resistance

  • Through successful planting to provide longer row cultivation: out-competing weeds
  • By stimulating root growth for wider root spread and higher yields
  • By boosting stress tolerance for higher yields (quality)

Our inputs will also provide phosphorus, as well as potassium, for good nutrition, drought resistance, etc.

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Période d’application :
At the time of planting

Objectif : to stimulate crop growth to achieve higher quality by

  • Stimulating root growth
  • Increasing soil fertility by providing organic elements (N-P-K)
  • Improving nutrient absorption

Our inputs will also provide – for example – the potassium required for good nutrition, etc.

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