But his beautiful plots, soil well refined just waiting for the seeds to be sown, fell victim to a harmful phenomenon: crusting. Crusting occurs when particles in the soil stick together after the sowing of the seeds and prevent seedlings from breaking through.
There are around 35 agricultural holdings in Belgium. In Flanders, farming tends to use industrial methods for high-value production on smaller plots of land. Wallonia has a more intermediate model whereby crops are grown on larger fields and animals are reared less intensively. Although the average size of a farm in Wallonia is 57 hectares according to figures , farmers growing field crops will typically raise them on plots of land of around hectares.
No figures are currently available on the number of farmers using agroecological methods in Wallonia. Maxime Merchier, coordinator of Belgian association Greenotec which promotes soil-friendly farming, puts the number for Belgium at around 10 per cent. Most of these practise agroecology out of conviction and because they wish to put their knowledge of the soil back to work and return to common sense. Why are the numbers so low? At the heart of the problem is the system of globalised agriculture put in place at the European level.
Farmers are stuck in a vicious circle, forced to produce at low cost. This system depletes soils, pollutes water resources, and consumes high amounts of fossil fuels. It is not only farmers that benefit in the medium to long term; agroecology is also beneficial for the surrounding areas and for society in general. It is an agriculture of the living — its objective is to guide ecosystem services to make the most of nature to support agricultural production.
Such a profound change in our farming model will take time. The transition is harder because the benefits are not immediate. Investments in training and equipment are necessary, as is a change in mentality, and it does represent a certain risk for the farmer. In our globalised world sales prices are volatile, making it even more difficult for farmers to take the plunge. Crop rotation is ensured through alternating wheat, a winter crop, with spring crops such as sugar beet, flax for textiles, peas for canning, and chicory for producing inulin.
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Bernard rotates his crops once every two years. He also farms grain corn at times, a back-up solution during periods of bad weather.
If it rains in the autumn when the wheat must be sown then it is best to avoid heavy machinery, which would pack the soil down, and to wait for spring and plant corn. A soil full of life effectively provides services that help farmers and permit them to reduce their reliance on fertiliser and pesticides. Covers are made up of multiple plant species and contain at least one legume. A diversity of cover species means a diversity of services for the soil too.
Having stopped ploughing to protect his soil and let the microscopic biodiversity build up year on year, Bernard cannot count on the plough to destroy his cover crops either. But to make space for the next crop, the cover must be removed somehow. Bernard looks to the frost to do this work for him. Before and after raising crops for sale, Bernard plants crops that are sensitive to frost and that will die off in the winter, which should mean that he will not have to use weed killer in the spring.
Things, of course, do not always go as planned. Recent winters have been warmer than usual and species meant to die during the winter are, rather annoyingly, making it through to spring. He thus helps nature to destroy his cover by breaking it up with a mounted disc harrow. Load-bearing soil is one on which equipment can be used without it sinking into the earth, packing down the soil and making ruts. For roots to grow well, air, water, and life must be able to move around inside the soil.
For a soil that is full of life, farmers must adapt to the weather and wait for the right moment to work the fields. So during the overnight frost, Bernard sometimes has to wake at 3 a. The tool damages stems, making plants more vulnerable to the cold. Bernard avoids using glyphosate herbicide whenever he can.
However, if a new growth of weeds appear at the end of the winter in cover that was meant to be destroyed by frost, he uses a small amount one litre per hectare before sowing any seeds. Since he started to plant sugar beets, Bernard has reduced the amount of mineral nitrogen he spreads on his fields by half whilst maintaining the same yields.
This is partly down to an improvement in sugar beet varieties, which now produce more sugar and consume less nitrogen.
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Bernard has also reduced his use of phytosanitary products, or pesticides. Seeds Of Tomorrow. Impumelelo IkusasaEliqhakazile.
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